Mylar Balloons Stuck in Power Lines Off Alberta Way in Concord

July 5, 2014 22:29 pm · 30 comments


About a dozen mylar balloons are stuck in the power lines behind Keywood Ct., which is off Alberta Way in Concord.

ConFire & PG&E have responded to the scene, and PG&E has requested a larger truck to remove the balloons.

Mylar balloons can cause sparks and arcing that can cause fires in addition to outages when they’re stuck in power lines.

Thanks to Steve for the picture & information.

KAD July 5, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Those balloons should be outlawed. People who buy them are too stupid to know how dangerous they are when they are released.

Antler July 5, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Aviators would like them banned, too, KAD.

Pucky July 5, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Everything else is banned! Or soon will be…

Motorcycles rule July 5, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Ban everything, so nobody can have any fun anymore

Dr. Jellyfinger® July 6, 2014 at 12:30 AM

Oh…………… so that’s where they went.

Greg in Pleasant Hill July 6, 2014 at 4:16 AM

This is very upsetting. PG&E has already contacted me and I will be there in a couple of hours to take care of the problem.

Ritt Momney July 6, 2014 at 5:45 AM

That is quite “shocking.”

oldman July 6, 2014 at 6:10 AM

We need to let Bonilla and Miller know so they can write legislation.

Killjoy July 6, 2014 at 6:19 AM

There was a whole bunch (that looked just like that) that had gotten away from someone on Friday morning from downtown Clayton before the parade.
Certainly not too far from there. It could be the same balloons. But who knows? It could be a whole other bunch that got away from someone else.

warbirds45 July 6, 2014 at 6:41 AM

Remember the guy that tied the balloons to the lawn chair, once at altitude he used a bb gun to deflate the balloons to descend back down!

The first drone!

anon July 6, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Take finger prints and DNA samples.

Anon July 6, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Maybe Mark should for a committee to study the usage and affects of Mylar balloons and after a few tax paid years they can issue a report that is inconclusive.

Theo July 6, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Check out the above link for more information regarding the dangers of releasing Mylar or latex balloons.

Balloon releases are often a celebratory part of events or a symbolic commemoration of something significant. Despite the innocence and beauty of balloons, they have unintended dangerous consequences for wildlife. Latex or Mylar balloons can kill wildlife. A single balloon being set free or hundreds of balloons in a coordinated release can cause a myriad of problems to our environment.

Ban 'em all July 6, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Ban everybody that wants everything banned, then ban their brothers and sisters!

Cautiously Informed July 6, 2014 at 8:40 AM

If more people had common sense and used their brain things wouldn’t have to be banned. The consequence is that we all have to pay the price for the actions of irresponsible dumb-dumbs.

Silva July 6, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Gee KAD, I think I resemble that remark. Mine end up deflated on the floor however.

Just me July 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Surprised they didn’t get banned along with plastic bags.

94598 July 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Why is everybody bashing balloons- There should be a fire hydrant & mylar balloon union to protect those not strong enough to have a voice of their own.

Momo July 6, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Last month I saw a post on Instagram of a family releasing 90 balloons in the Air to celebrate their grandmothers 90th birthday. Everybody was posting how neat that was. I was thinking WOW!!!! Terrible!!!

ClayDen July 6, 2014 at 10:51 AM

If they ban helium filled balloons, how will they properly start the Indy 500?

Theo July 6, 2014 at 11:03 AM

California does have a balloon law passed in 1990. A new balloon bill was introduced in 2010, but was defeated. Check out the link above.

Betty July 6, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Why don’t we just regulate the use of Mylar balloons for partying.

@oldman July 6, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Oh c’mon, give California more credit than that. No one beats them at do-nothing legislation. They ALREADY passed SB1990, a balloon control bill, that was supposed to prevent this. Worked good, eh? I suppose Bonilla will probably create double-secret balloon probation now.

Inigo Montoya July 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM

@warbirds45 #10,

This word you keep using (drone), I don’t think it means what you think it means.

T-Roy July 6, 2014 at 3:38 PM

@ Theo, don’t you mean to say deflated? LOL!

Sofa King July 6, 2014 at 7:51 PM


TJ July 7, 2014 at 7:19 AM

I’m sure CVCHS is behind this somehow…….

Theo July 7, 2014 at 8:10 AM

@ T-ROY Thanks for the correction!! LOL

Laurie July 7, 2014 at 8:16 AM

@KAD are you being being sarcastic or are you the stupid one? I will continue to buy Mylar, mine will not end up tangled in power lines they always end up deflated on the floor in my house. Calling people stupid because they buy a Mylar balloon seems kinda stupid to me. Letting them go, now that’s stupid.

mwo1859 July 7, 2014 at 5:24 PM

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