Alameda Municipal Power spokesperson Bill Garvine said that birds and mylar balloons were the cause of power blips and outages that affected Alameda last night.
Not all the details were confirmed, but Mr. Garvine said a “blip” at 10:11 p.m. affected about 1,000 east-end customers, and a roughly four hour outage began at about 10:39 p.m. that affected less than 100 customers.
It was not confirmed, but according to Mr. Garvine, AMP believes that a bird got into the wires for the first event, and a mylar balloon for the second. The second outage was centered at Park Street and San Jose Avenue.
Alameda Twitter channels were lit up by the outage with customers wondering what happened, and posting messages such as “Loud noise + power outage + sirens = zombie apocalypse?”
However, the Alameda Police daily activity log for April 3rd includes no zombie reports.