Power wire crashes down on packed Harbour Hopper tour

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Nova Scotia Power on scene at Spring Garden and Barrington St. to free Harbour Hopper. Global Halifax/Alexa MacLean

Halifax’s favourite frog bus got an unexpected surprise Friday afternoon when a power wire fell onto its canopy. No one was injured.

The Harbour Hopper was carrying out its typical route along Spring Garden Road when a low hanging wire decided to join the tour.

The amphibious bus is one of Halifax’s most popular activities for tourists and it travels up the busy downtown street dozens of times per day.

“The customers are fine. They’re just waiting for the wire to be disentangled,” Terri McCulloch, the Ambassatours Gray Line Charter manager, said.

McCulloch blames the scorching temperatures for the wire’s guest appearance on the tour.

“I guess it just started hanging low. It’s a warm day.  I mean, it’s probably got some rubber on it and it just kind of started to get on the low side.”

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The corner of Spring Garden and Barrington Street was blocked off for about 30 minutes.

Passengers on board were seemingly content taking pictures of the area surrounding their unexpected stop.

“We’ll get the wire undone and offer the folks either a chance to come back aboard or a refund if they wish, but everybody seems in pretty good cheer,” McCulloch said.

McCulloch said the wire wasn’t live and, when NS Power arrived, the scene was cleared within 10 minutes.

The hopper-mobile even gave a friendly “ribbit” of its horn when it rode away back to its route.