Grid: Mylar balloon caused outage in Warren, Bristol

Posted 5/12/21

The power outage that left thousands of residents in Warren and Bristol last Friday was caused by a mylar balloon, according to National Grid.

The outage occurred just before 8 a.m., when the …

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Grid: Mylar balloon caused outage in Warren, Bristol

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The power outage that left thousands of residents in Warren and Bristol last Friday was caused by a mylar balloon, according to National Grid.

The outage occurred just before 8 a.m., when the wayward ballon struck a transformer near Metacom Ave, shorting out power to a large swath of Warren and extending into parts of northern Bristol.

In all, some 3,400 customers lost power, National Grid said. The power was back on within an hour and a half.

Rep. Susan Donovan (D-Dist. 69, Bristol, Portsmouth) last year proposed legislation that would ban the intentional release of balloons into the air, citing their  impact on marine animals and the environment.

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