A Valentine's Day Gift Left Thousands Without Power In Fresno


Over 2,300 households in the Fresno area lost power thanks to a Valentine's Day gift.

On Monday, February 15, the outage began at 8:00 P.M. after a metallic Valentine's Day balloon floated into a power line.

Most of the power turned back on just an hour later but some residents were without lights and electricity until midnight, according to CBS13.

This is far from the first something like this has happened.

Metallic balloons caused around 450 PG&E outages in the Northern and Central California areas last year.

The outages caused over 250,000 homes and businesses to lose power. PG&E says it was almost a 30% increase in power outages caused by balloons compared to 2019.

Before major holidays the company routinely sends out PSAs about the dangers of flyaway balloons.

"Metallic balloons are an easy way to make at-home celebrations more festive, but nothing puts a damper on a romantic evening faster than a widespread power outage for you, your friends, or your neighbors," vice president of electronic distribution, Ken Wells said in a news release this month.

On Valentine's Day, their Twitter account sent out a message telling residents to "Please prevent power outages by securing Valentines Day metallic balloons with a weight."

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