Published Jul 31, 2018 at 8:52 AM | Updated at 12:29 PM PDT on Jul 31, 2018
It was an unusual night at Dodger Stadium when LA opened a home stand against the Milwaukee Brewers. First, there was a fire. Then, the power went out.
The brush fire behind left field in Elysian Park was under control by the time the game started. But the teams went back to the dugout after just a couple of innings due to a power outage that knocked out lights. The outage lasted for about 20 minutes before LADWP crews restored power.
The utility says the outage occurred after a Mylar balloon, which have metallic coatings, tangled with overhead electrical wires. The stadium has redundant circuits, so when one circuit has an disruption, an automated switch reroutes power to stadium equipment.
"That a metallic balloon can cause a power outage like the one at Dodger Stadium may come as a surprise to some, but those in the utility industry know all too well the damage one Mylar balloon can cause," said LADWP General Manager, David H. Wright. "When metallic balloons come in contact with power lines or other electrical equipment, it can melt electrical wires resulting in fires that could lead to injuries, property damage or an outage like the one that occurred last night. We have built our systems to ensure reliable power flow to major venues, but even a brief disruption in power flow can cause on-site systems to need to be reset."