Foil balloon revealed as cause of Perth’s mass power outage

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A foil balloon that hit an overhead power line knocked out electricity to 11,450 homes in North Perth and surrounding suburbs on Saturday.

Power went down around 11am and it took Western Power crews three hours to fully restore power to all impacted customers.

Traffic lights in the area were also affected and drivers were advised to slow down and give way to their right.

It’s not the first time foil balloons, which can conduct electricity, have shorted the system and disrupted power supplies.

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