Party balloon blamed for Santa Clara power outage Sunday morning – CBS San Francisco

SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — Stray balloons have been identified as the cause of an outage that affected more than 2,600 Silicon Valley Power customers Sunday morning.

The outage happened around 10 a.m. and power was restored about an hour later, the utility said, posting a photo of a red balloon trapped in a power line.

Irritated customers on Twitter wondered if the balloons in question were from a gender reveal party but that didn’t seem to be the case.

“Balloons can be a fun way to celebrate, but they’re no fun for your neighbors if they come loose and get tangled in power lines,” the utility tweeted. “Remember to always tie them down or weigh them down!”

Balloons tangled in a power line caused an outage in Santa Clara on Sunday morning. (Silicon Valley Power via Twitter)

The California Balloon Act was passed in 1990 to reduce power outages due to metallic Mylar or foil balloons.

The Balloon Act prohibits the sale or distribution of a balloon constructed of electrically conductive material (metallized mylar or foil) and filled with a gas lighter than air (helium) without affixing an object of sufficient weight on the ball to prevent it from flying. a way.

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