Mylar Balloon Knocks Energy for Thousands in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach – CBS Los Angeles
Costa Mesa (CBSLA) — A Mylar balloon was blamed on Wednesday for causing power outages for thousands of Edison customers in Southern California in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach.
Two outages were reported in the Costa Mesa and Newport Beach areas before 1:30 a.m., according to Gabriela Ornelas of SoCal Edison. Costa Mesa Police reported that one of the outages was due to a transformer in the East 17th Street area between Newport Boulevard and Santa Ana Street, south to 15th Street and north to 19th Street.
SoCal Edison says 3,470 customers initially lost power, but all but 805 customers had power restored by 12:30 p.m., and all power is expected to be restored by 3:30 p.m., Ornelas said.
Metallic Mylar balloons in the equipment were cited as the cause of the outage in the SoCal Edison outage map. These balloons have been blamed for number from Energy interruptions, including one in La Puente that led to a gas leak, and the Banned for sale in Glendale.
According to California law, mylar balloons must be sold by weight to prevent them from flying away and potentially causing blackouts. It is also prohibited to release such balloons outdoors.
Mylar balloons must be punctured before disposing of them in the trash.
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