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March 3, 2014 at 5:28 PM

City Light: Equipment failure, not balloons, caused outages

Thousands of residents in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood were without power Monday morning, and again in the afternoon because of equipment failure, according to Seattle City Light.

Seattle City Light reported 7,325 residents were without power about 2 a.m. in the area bordered by East Mercer Street, Interstate 5, East Pine Street and 22nd Avenue East. Power was restored to all residents a few hours later.

About 12 hours later, nearly 4,000 customers were again without power in the same area of Capitol Hill. Crews had restored power to most residents by 4 p.m.

Seattle City Light initially reported the outage was caused by balloons in the power lines, but crews later discovered the outages were caused by faulty equipment, spokesman Roberto Bonaccorso said. The balloons were tied in wires at 15th Avenue East and East John Street, and as crews cleared the balloons they noticed the equipment had failed.

“That equipment was definitely faulty,” Bonaccorso said. “We don’t know if balloons triggered that; we do know the equipment failed.”

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