BAYONNE, NJ- Emergency officials believe mylar balloons may have contributed to a downed electrical wire that caused power outages across midtown on Monday.
According to Bayonne OEM Coordinator Junior Ferrante the incident took place on the area of 27th Avenue and Avenue A just before 6:00 p.m.
Bayonne firefighters and police responded with numerous personnel to safeguard the area and deal with the outage that stretched from 30th Street down to 16th Street. Included in the outage was the senior citizens complex off 23rd Street drawing a visit from Fire Chief Keith Weaver and other firefighters to check on the welfare of the residents.
Traffic signals were also out causing OEM to issue a warning to motorists to drive through the area with caution.
PSE&G responded and restored power to a large section of the area at approximately 7:00 p.m. and the rest of impacted area about an hour later.
“Last year we posted information from PSE&G about the dangers of mylar balloons and their potential impacts to power lines,” Ferrante told TAPinto Bayonne. “We urge all residents to please use caution and never release these balloons. Downed wires are extremely dangerous!”
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