Year-round, residents and businesses experience power outages caused by unsecured metallic balloons drifting into energized power lines. It takes only one metallic balloon to inconvenience thousands of customers, sometimes leaving them in the dark for hours.
Metallic balloons owe their shiny, silvery surface to a type of metallized nylon that can conduct electricity. When a metallic balloons slips from the string or is not held properly with a weight, it will fly away and potentially become caught or entangled in power lines. Since the shiny surface is a ‘conductor,’ it will create a short circuit. In some instances, metallic balloons in contact with power lines can lead to downed lines, the potential for fires, property damage to homes and businesses, and in the worse case serious personal injury.