One Metallic Balloon Causes Headaches to Many Residents

By On May 5, 2013

Burbank Police and Fire responded to the 1900 block of Ontario Street Saturday evening to a report of a possible explosion involving a power line and that a fence around Provdencia Elementary School was electrically charged.

Electrical Services Supervisor Michael Gibson, talks  crews what caused the power disruption, prior to them repairing the situation. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Electrical Services Supervisor Michael Gibson talks to a crew about what caused the power disruption, prior to them repairing the situation. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Upon arrival they had found a ground wire laying by a power pole, and evidence that an explosion might have occurred from a high voltage line high above. Fire Fighters and Police Officers secured the neighborhood and surrounding streets and requested Water & Power.

The force of the explosion popped a cap on a nearby water pipe, requiring its repair.

Reports from Burbank citizens across Burbank through the @myBurbank Twitter feed reported lights flickering and surges in power, causing computers and electrical devices to reset. People with At&T service had problems with service in the following the surge.

A Burbank Firefighter stands by with a electrical probe checking for electrical currency. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A Burbank Firefighter stands by with a electrical probe checking for electrical currency. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Water & Power arrived on scene surveyed the area and deemed it to be safe. They reported the cause of the original problem a metallic balloon made contact with a 6.4 KV power line causing the balloon to explode and grounding the circuit.

 

 

Darken marks on electrical pole shows where a an electrical charge caused a surge after a balloon came in contact with a 64 KV charged line. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Darken marks on electrical pole shows where a an electrical charge caused a surge after a balloon came in contact with a 64 KV charged line. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The remains of a helium balloon, that caused power outage, city wide surge. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The remains of a metallic balloon, that caused power outage, city wide surge. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Water flows from a water line that was hit with electrical current during power surge. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Water flows from a water line that was hit with electrical current during power surge. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Electrical Services Supervisor Michael Gibson, explains to Capt. Jim Baldridge and Battalion Chief Jeff Howe what caused the electrical disruption. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Electrical Services Supervisor Michael Gibson, explains to Capt. Jim Baldridge and Battalion Chief Jeff Howe what caused the electrical disruption. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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