Mylar Balloons Blamed For Power Outage In Westwood

WESTWOOD ( — Several people had to be rescued from stalled elevators Saturday following a power outage in Westwood.

Erik Scott, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department, said firefighters were dispatched to a 25-story condominium tower on W. Wilshire Boulevard about 9:48 a.m. Saturday.

Upon arriving on scene, crews assisted those trapped in elevators, Scott said. No injuries were reported.

MaryAnne Pierson of the Department of Water and Power attributed the outage to Mylar balloons that got stuck on electrical wires.

“People let them go and they float into the air — they get stuck in the wires and cause outages. We’ve people asking for years to stop using them,” said Pierson.

According to Pierson, power was fully restored by 10:38 a.m.

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  • leilaworldblog

    I had no idea. I never thought about it this way.

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