Mylar balloon triggers power-line explosion in Long Beach

ByABC7.com staff via KABC logo
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
A balloon made contact with a power line between two homes in Long Beach, triggering a fiery explosion that knocked out electricity in a neighborhood for hours.
A balloon made contact with a power line between two homes in Long Beach, triggering a fiery explosion that knocked out electricity in a neighborhood for hours.
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LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- Officials have long warned the public about the danger Mylar balloons pose to power lines.

A new video from Long Beach illustrates the point dramatically.

The footage shows a balloon making contact with a power line, triggering a fiery explosion between two homes.

The explosion caused a power outage for hours in the neighborhood near Broadway and Redondo Street, according to Long Beach Local News, which published the video sent in by a viewer.

Southern California Edison crews responded to try to restore power in the area.