Bird knocks out power to 31,000 in Tucson

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A massive power outage hit Tucson midday Wednesday sending about 31,000 Tucson Electric Power customers into the dark for about 20 minutes.  A TEP spokesperson said it was caused by a bird getting into equipment at its Irvington Road facility. 

Fire stations had personnel manually open their huge doors and move equipment outside to be able to respond to emergencies.  There were reports the entire University of Arizona campus was without power.  Also Park Place Mall.

TEP spokesman Joseph Barrios says the outage was, "throughout the Tucson area." The central, south and southwest area were primarily impacted, he says.

It took a few minutes for the company to zero it on its southside facility on Irvington near I-10 and find the cause. 

Barrios said power went off at 12:45 p.m. and was restored 20 minutes later.