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A Familiar Culprit Causes a Power Outage

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It’s happened again…about 2800 SWEPCO customers in the 9000 block of Mansfield Road were without power for a little while this morning. The culprit? Mylar balloons stuck in a power line. Utility company spokesman Scott McCloud says this has happened before to the Williamson Way circuits. He says with Valentine’s Day coming up, a lot of people will be making and getting balloon deliveries — and those mylar balloons can sometimes get away from them. That metallic coating can burn up a power line, too. He recommends keeping weight on those bouquets to keep them away from utility lines. This morning’s balloons, by the way, were removed and the power restored just before 10 o’clock.

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