Power Restored in Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach Neighborhoods

A helium balloon is to blame for thousands of residents and businesses losing power in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach neighborhoods this afternoon, according to PG&E.

The outage was first reported at 3:50 p.m., PG&E officials said.

Initial reports indicated that roughly 9,000 people lost power in the area. PG&E spokesman Brian Swanson later clarified that just 7,600 customers had been affected.

As of about 6:20 p.m., power had been restored to all customers, according to Swanson.

The outage was caused by a mylar balloon that came into contact with overhead power lines near the corner of Filbert and Leavenworth streets, according to PG&E.

Utility officials have asked anyone celebrating with helium-filled metallic balloons to make sure they’re tied to weights to prevent them from floating away.

Scott Morris and Daniel Montes, Bay City News

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  • John O’Grady

    This is the kind of story that people a hundred years from now will comment about how quaint and old-fashioned we were. And They Will Be Right.