At one point over 6,800 Ameren Illinois customers were without power Friday morning.

Ameren Illinois officials say a bird was the cause of Friday morning’s power outage. That was the same cause as Monday’s outage. They say it was coincidental and the two outages are not connected.

Ameren officials say it’s common this time of year that birds look for places to build nests and it appears that the birds were trying to build nests at the Northwest and University substation. The substation “defaulted the equipment” which Ameren officials say is a standard safety precaution. They say it’s similar to when a fuse blows.

Schools in District 150 were briefly impacted by the outage but we’re told power has been fully restored.