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NV Energy: Mylar balloons cause multiple Las Vegas power outages

Posted: 2:00 PM, Feb 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-27 17:11:51-05
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LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — NV Energy says Mylar balloons have caused thousands of power outages in our community, and just this month they are behind 2 large outages in Las Vegas.

Mylar balloons are helium-filled balloons that are coated with a metallic finish.

The company had a demonstration Feb. 27 to show what happens when Mylar balloons come in contact with power lines.

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The company says, contact can cause equipment to fail resulting in a power outage.

NV Energy recommends puncturing the balloons to release the helium when you are done using them to help ensure they do not drift into a power lines.