Errant Mylar Balloon Briefly Knocks Out Power To 4700 PG&E Customers

About 4,700 PG&E customers in parts of San Francisco’s Potrero Hill and Mission neighborhoods lost electricity when a Mylar balloon hit a power line this afternoon, a utility spokesman said.

The balloon struck the line at 21st and Alabama streets around 3:20 p.m., spokesman Joe Molica said.

Crews responded and were able to restore power to all but 75 customers within half an hour. As of 4:30 p.m., those customers were still without power, Molica said.

There was no estimated time for when they would have their power back, he said.

Molica said the balloon “caused extensive damage,” and he reminded people to keep metallic balloons weighed down and away from power lines.

The same neighborhoods affected by today’s outage experienced an unrelated power outage on Tuesday afternoon.

About 3,900 customers in Potrero Hill and the southern portion of the Mission District lost power at about 3:35 p.m. Tuesday after an equipment failure on Cesar Chavez near Interstate Highway 280, according to Molica.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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  • Ian Jacobs

    As one of those 75 houses mentioned above, it took about 4.5 hours to restore our power.

  • Ian Jacobs

    As one of those 75 houses mentioned above, it took about 4.5 hours to restore our power.

  • 2of3jays

    I believe the time has come to ban helium filled balloons and;/or helium mylar balloons. While fun, they frequently get tangled up in something harmful, foul our waters, end up all over the beaches and, unfortunately, turtles and other wildlife think they are food, then eat them and die. . Let’s not buy any more of these things! Let’s work to get them banned. We can blow balloons up the old fashioned way – by blowing them up ourselves.

  • 2of3jays

    I believe the time has come to ban helium filled balloons and;/or helium mylar balloons. While fun, they frequently get tangled up in something harmful, foul our waters, end up all over the beaches and, unfortunately, turtles and other wildlife think they are food, then eat them and die. . Let’s not buy any more of these things! Let’s work to get them banned. We can blow balloons up the old fashioned way – by blowing them up ourselves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richardcbayne Richard Bayne

    it took 10 hours up here in twin peaks and it sucked.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richardcbayne Richard Bayne

    it took 10 hours up here in twin peaks and it sucked.