Balloon knocks out North Beach power

A helium balloon is to blame for 9,000 residents and businesses losing power in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf and North Beach neighborhoods Monday¬†afternoon, according to PG&E.

The outage was first reported at 3:50 p.m., PG&E officials said Initially, officials said roughly 9,000 people lost power in the area. As of about 6 p.m., power had been restored to all but about 1,500, according to PG&E.

The outage was caused by a mylar balloon that came into contact with overhead power lines near the corner of Filbert and Leavenworth streets, according to PG&E.

Utility officials have asked anyone celebrating with helium-filled metallic balloons to make sure they’re tied to weights to prevent them from floating away.