Stray Balloon Cuts Power to Traffic Lights in Torrance, South of Redondo Beach – Daily Breeze

A Mylar balloon that hit power lines in Torrance led to a power outage that affected more than 8,500 Southern California Edison customers and knocked out traffic lights at several intersections in that city and southern California. Redondo Beach on Tuesday, June 6 afternoon.

The outage began around 12:30 p.m. and continued through 6:30 p.m., according to SCE’s website, when 1,821 customers were still affected.

“Crews may have to work well into the evening,” said the Torrance Police Sgt. said Mark Ponegalek. “We might not turn the lights back on until dark.”

Motorcyclists were dispatched to help direct traffic while public works officials put up signs to steer motorists away from road closures, Ponegalek said.

The following street closures were in effect in Torrance as of 4 p.m.:

  • Sepulveda Boulevard from Anza Avenue to the western city limits
  • Palos Verdes Boulevard between Torrance Boulevard and Sepulveda Boulevard

Mylar, which is commonly used to make balloons, is a metallic foil that can cause a short or power surge if it comes in contact with power lines. party accessories caused 1,103 power outages in 2021, according to SCE. Of these, 331 took place during graduation season, during the months of May and June.