Power Restored to Thousands in South L.A. Following Outage Caused by Mylar Balloons

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Power to thousands of people left without electricity Monday afternoon following an outage caused by Mylar balloons was restored Tuesday morning.

More than 2,000 people in South Los Angeles were still without power Tuesday morning. (Credit: KTLA)

More than 2,000 people in South Los Angeles were still without power Tuesday morning. (Credit: KTLA)

The loss of power to more than 5,000 customers was first reported about 4:30 p.m. Monday after the metallic balloons became entangled in some electrical equipment, Southern California Edison spokesman Paul Griffo said.

Power outages were occurring from West Manchester Avenue to the north to West 121st Street to the south, and South Vermont Avenue to the east to Crenshaw Boulevard to the west, Griffo said.

As of 3 a.m. Tuesday, 2,210 were still without electricity, the utility stated in an update, which indicated they expected to have the problem fixed by 6 a.m.

Power to all homes appeared to have been restored by 5:30 a.m., as the outage was removed from the utility’s website.

A couple cross 4th Street in Boyle Heights after purchasing balloons for Valentine's Day. (Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez/Los Angeles Times)

A couple cross 4th Street in Boyle Heights after purchasing balloons for Valentine’s Day. (Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez/Los Angeles Times)