SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — More than 6,000 PG&E customers lost electrical service for nearly an hour Sunday afternoon when a mylar balloon damaged power lines in the city’s Mission District, a utility spokeswoman said.
The outage was first reported near 15th and Guerrero streets at 12:34 p.m., according to PG&E spokeswoman Karly Hernandez.READ MORE: Armed Bike Thieves Targeting Cyclists in the East Bay Hills
A mylar balloon was found entangled in the power lines nearby at 15th and Shotwell streets. PG&E had power restored to all 6,246 customers by 1:31 p.m.READ MORE: COVID Vaccines: Contra Costa Drop-In Sites End Frustration Among Those Struggling To Find Appointments
“This is a great reminder that a little balloon can have major impact for others,” Hernandez said. “Any mylar balloon should be safely tied to a weight — not released outside — for everyone’s safety.”
If members of the general public see a mylar balloon near live power lines, Hernandez said to avoid touching it and call PG&E at (800) 973-5920.MORE NEWS: COVID Reopening: San Francisco Allows For Small Indoor Gatherings Among Fully Vaccinated
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency trains briefly started bypassing the Church Station due to the power outage, but the station had reopened for underground subway service by 1:42 p.m.