Mylar balloon caused power outage in Greenwich on Sunday: Eversource

GREENWICH, CT — A mylar balloon caused a power outage in Greenwich last weekend, according to Eversource.

Mitch Gross, spokesman for the utility company, said the outage occurred around 6 a.m. Sunday on Milbank Avenue after a mylar balloon broke loose and got caught in lines electrical. About 650 customers lost power, but service was restored at 8:30 a.m.

Besides interference with electrical wires, these types of balloons pose risks due to the material they are made of.

“There is a silver metallic coating on a mylar balloon. This coating conducts electricity, so if the balloon comes into contact with power lines, you have the potential for problems: damaged lines, damaged equipment, power outages” , said Gross.

There’s usually an increase in such incidents as the weather warms and more celebrations take place outdoors, Gross said.

These gross weights can be used to secure balloons so they don’t float. Balloons should never be used with metallic ribbons, or tied to yourself or a child. Balloons should be deflated and discarded after use.

Never try to retrieve a ball entangled in power lines.

“Call your utility company,” Gross said. “Leave it to us.