6,000 residents lose power because of mylar balloon

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON)—More than 6,000 PG&E customers lost power Sunday afternoon when a mylar balloon knocked out power in San Francisco’s Mission District.

The incident was reported around 12:30 p.m. near 15th and Guerrero streets, said PG&E spokeswoman Karly Hernandez.

Crews found a mylar balloon entangled in the power lines a few blocks away at 15th and Shotwell streets.

All 6,246 customers had their power back by 1:31 p.m.

“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 a mylar balloon gets entangled in your power lines, Hernandez advises not to touch it and call PG&E at (800)773-5000.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says that trains at the Church Street station briefly stopped because of the power outage.

The station reopened by 1:42 p.m.

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