Seattle City Light Crews Restore Power to SE Seattle After Mylar Balloons Cause Outage

Seattle City Light crews restored power to about 5,600 homes and businesses in southeast Seattle about 30 minutes after mylar balloons became entangled on power lines and caused a power outage today.

Seattle City Light crews restored power to about 5,600 homes and businesses in southeast Seattle about 30 minutes after mylar balloons became entangled on power lines and caused a power outage today.

The outage started about 11:15 a.m. The general boundaries of the outage were S College Street on the north, S Kenny Street on the south, Fourth Avenue S on the west, and 55th Avenue S on the east.

Repair crews found the balloons near the intersection of Renton Avenue S and S Charlestown Street about 25 minutes after the outage started, removed them, checked the equipment and restored service about 11:45 a.m.

Seattle City Light is the 10th largest public electric utility in the United States.  It has some of the lowest cost customer rates of any urban utility, providing reliable, renewable and environmentally responsible power to nearly 1 million Seattle area residents.  City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral since 2005, the first electric utility in the nation to achieve that distinction.