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Valentine's Day balloon sparks power outage in Fontana [Updated]

February 14, 2012 | 10:29 pm

Thousands were wihtout power Tuesday night on Valentine's Day
The lights went out for about 15,000 people in Fontana on Tuesday night after a Mylar Valentine's Day balloon floated into a substation, and about 21,000 were without lights in Huntington Beach in a separate outage.

The metallic balloon sparked an outage reported about 8:40 p.m., Southern California Edison said.

"It happens every year," utility spokesman David Song said about Valentine's Day balloons causing problems. He said power was fully restored in Fontana about 9:50 p.m.

In Huntington Beach, the blackout affected about 21,000 people in the busy area filled with bars and restaurants along Main Street near the pier and in adjacent residential areas.

The outage was reported about 7:45 p.m. and was believed to have occurred in a substation. 

Crews were at the substation late Tuesday trying to fix the problem, and power had been restored to about 1,370 customers, Song said.

[Updated at 10:52 p.m.: All power has been fully restored in Huntington Beach, Song said.]

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Photo: Part of Huntingon Beach was without power Tuesday night.

Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

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