Greenfield Outages Caused by Fallen Cable Hit by Mylar Balloon – KION546

GREENFIELD, CA (KION-TV) UPDATE MAY 17, 2022 at 4:31 p.m.– PG&E said the cause of a downed power line Monday afternoon near the intersection of San Antonio and Oak was a mylar balloon.

PG&E added that the balloon hit the power line around 7:36 p.m. and caused an outage that knocked out power to 2,400 customers.

This incident is a great reminder never to drop Mylar balloons outdoors as they are metallic and electrically conductive resulting in power surges and short circuits which have the ability to shut down power.

Every year, especially during graduation season, hundreds of metal balloons come into contact with electrical equipment and cause breakdowns due to improper handling.



Work is expected to be completed overnight on a downed power line that had live wires in contact with the street.

The downed cable was reported late Monday afternoon and according to PG&E, power should be restored at 2:15 a.m. Tuesday morning.

It was located near the intersection of San Antonio and Oak, according to Greenfield police.

Greenfield Police shared video of the downed wire and you can see it lighting up some of the grass along the sidewalk.