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UPDATE: Balloons Cause Westwood High-Rise Power Outage

The power goes out early Saturday morning at a condo tower on W. Wilshire Boulevard.

Shiny, metallic Mylar balloons floating in the skies of Westwood Saturday got hung up in some electrical wires and caused a power outage, temporarily leaving some people stuck in the elevators of at least one high rise building.

"People let them go and they float into the air -- they get stuck in the wires and cause outages. We've people asking for years to stop using them," said MaryAnne Pierson of the Department of Water and Power.

The outage was reported to Department of Water and Power at 9:48 a.m., Pierson said, and power was fully restored by 10:38 a.m.

Firefighters were dispatched at 9:48 a.m. to a 25-story condominium tower on W. Wilshire Boulevard, where people were stuck in some of the elevators, said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles City Fire Department. They had to be rescued by firefighters.

No injuries were reported, Scott said.

Power flickered in office buildings several miles from the outage, and some traffic lights began blinking red before they were reset, according to police radio broadcasts.

—Patch editor Meredith Skrzypczak contributed to this report.

Ginny Levy February 18, 2013 at 06:10 PM
There was NO FIRE, and NO RESCUE at 10590 Wilshire (The Westholme)! The picture and report are in error! The incident was confined to 10560 Wilshire (The Wilshire), although Fire Department did begin their search at our facility which is immediately next door to 10560. PLEASE PRINT A CORRECTION TO YOUR ARTICLE! Thank you! Ginny Levy General Manager The Wilshire-Westholme HOA 10590 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310) 475-9831

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