Metallic Balloons Knock Out Power for More Than 20,000 in Santa Clarita Area

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A power outage was affecting tens of thousands of residents in the Santa Clarita area on Friday night, and officials said balloons were to blame.

Roughly 15,000 of Southern California Edison customers were without electricity in the area of Via Princessa and Sierra Highway around 9:30 p.m., company official Ron Gales said.

Most were expected to have power restored by 11 p.m., but the utility’s website was down for maintenance and the company could not be reached by phone.

Upwards of 20,000 had originally been affected when the issue was first reported around 7:15 p.m., according to Gales. A field investigator was originally sent to analyze the problem around 8 p.m.

Around 9 p.m., metallic balloons were identified as the cause for the outage. They were made of mylar and had become entangled in transformer racks at the North Oaks substation on Soledad Canyon Road, Gales said.

SCE urged residents to tie up their mylar balloons.

KTLA’s Nidia Becerra contributed to this report.

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