Brief power blackout hits Marble Falls

MARBLE FALLS — Wayward balloons may be to blame for a 30-minute power outage affecting residents and businesses along U.S. 281 and RR 1431 Friday morning.

Pedernales Electric Cooperative spokeswoman Anne Harvey said the balloons floated too close to a group of power lines on 1431, becoming tangled and knocking out power to about 300 homes and businesses.

Crews from PEC quickly restored power, though the outage left several major traffic intersections without signal lights. Police were dispatched to direct traffic until power was restored.

No injures or accidents were reported due to the outage.

Authorities were not sure where the balloons originated.

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