Balloon Blamed for Natomas Outage, Affecting Thousands

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The Sacramento Municipal Utilities District a mylar balloon floated into a Natomas-area sub station Wednesday afternoon and knocked out power for more than 33,000 people.

Power was restored shortly after 3 p.m.

More than 33,000 customers were without power, according to SMUD’s outage map. One large group was along Arena Boulevard and Truxel Road, another by Truxel and San Juan Roads.

A third, smaller area was along Interstate 5, south of the Arena Boulevard exit.

Laurie Slothower, spokesperson at Sacramento International Airport, told FOX40 Wednesday afternoon that that lights flickered for about a minute shortly after 2 p.m. Their escalators were also down for a few minutes, but everything is working now.

No flights are impacted at Sac international.

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