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Valentine gift blamed for power cut

Published 15/02/2012 | 10:29

A Valentine's Day gift is believed to have caused a power cut in southern California
A Valentine's Day gift is believed to have caused a power cut in southern California

A Valentine's Day gift is being blamed for a large power cut in southern California.

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Southern California Edison power company spokesman David Song said a helium-filled balloon scored a direct hit on the company's Fontana substation on Tuesday night, knocking out power to 15,099 customers.

Mr Song said the balloon was likely a Valentine's gift. It left the area without power for over an hour.

He added that balloon-related power outages occurred most often around Valentine's Day and in June during school graduations.

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