ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A cluster of metallic-coated balloons that came in contact with electrical wires knocked out power to much of Atlantic City for three hours.
Sunday evening’s outage affected 5,200 customers, had police manually directing traffic, and forced a casino hotel tower to use an emergency generator.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine: Memorial Sloan Kettering Patients Voice Frustration Over Lack Of Doses At New Jersey Sites
An Atlantic City Electric spokeswoman says the balloons became entangled with part of a major feeder line, causing a power surge that triggered a system shutdown around 5:30 p.m.READ MORE: Black History Is Our History: Bishop Mitchell Taylor Takes On Racial Wealth Gap Created By Redlining With Urban Upbound Federal Credit Union
The spokeswoman says crews made the appropriate adjustments and the power came back on at 8:39 p.m.
The Press of Atlantic City reported congregants at a Presbyterian church who had been singing Christmas carols simply carried on with flashlights and candles.MORE NEWS: Former Aides Karen Hinton, Lindsey Boylan Accuse Gov. Andrew Cuomo Of Bullying, Sexual Harassment
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