Stone was hit by power cuts over the last few days, with many people in the town reporting that they’d seen a blue flash of light in the sky as the power went down.
On Tuesday 18th December, power went down at about 8pm. Although it was only off for a few seconds, lots of people reported broken TVs, monitors and wireless routers on the Little Bit of Stone Facebook page. Lots of people also reported seeing the blue flash of light. The culprit? A bird.
A Western Power Distribution spokesman said: “Yesterday, approximately 1,200 customers were affected by a power cut when a bird flew into a high voltage overhead line. The customers affected would have only noticed a brief loss of supply, as the automatic system restored the power as soon as the bird was clear. Blue flashes would have been seen due to the overhead lines sparking.”
Power also went down on Sunday 16th December after bad weather affected some equipment on the high voltage overhead lines. This caused around 800 homes to lose their supply in Stone. Western Power Distribution said 85% were restored within the hour, with the remaining customers back on supply within two to three hours.
The spokeman added: “Western Power Distribution would like to assure customers that we are continually working to upgrade the network in the area, with Stone town centre recently undergoing network reinforcement as well as increased tree-cutting work taking place.”