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Mylar balloons in power lines #164530
06/05/07 11:02 AM
06/05/07 11:02 AM
Haligan  Offline OP
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 111
Berkeley, CA USA
Is this the bane of a poco worker's existence? Or is it staples in the poles from yard sale signs?

We just had a brownout then a full-on blackout across 3 cities. Did you guess mylar balloons?
Wrong. It was wild monkeys.
No really it was the balloons. What a nuisance.

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Re: Mylar balloons in power lines [Re: Haligan] #164531
06/05/07 11:19 AM
06/05/07 11:19 AM
mikesh  Offline
Joined: Jun 2006
Posts: 613
Victoria, BC, Canada
I recall a case where some young people took 2 or more helium balloons with a fine wire between them and tripped a 250kv cicuit.

Re: Mylar balloons in power lines [Re: mikesh] #164536
06/05/07 08:24 PM
06/05/07 08:24 PM
noderaser  Offline
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 404
Portland, Oregon, United State...
Mylar baloons and power lines are great fun!

Just don't get caught. I think disrupting infrastructure will get you brought in for terrorism these days.

Re: Mylar balloons in power lines [Re: noderaser] #164537
06/05/07 09:11 PM
06/05/07 09:11 PM
gfretwell  Online Content

Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 9,184
When I was a kid we used to throw the baling wire they bound up newspapers with up into the transformer hubs. Lots of fun until we took the block out.

Greg Fretwell
Re: Mylar balloons in power lines [Re: gfretwell] #164538
06/05/07 09:29 PM
06/05/07 09:29 PM
Gregtaylor  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 212
Boise, Idaho, USA
Took a deep sea fishing rod and 8' of chain and cast it over hi voltage lines then reeled it in until you know what happened. The arc knocked me down and I've felt lucky to be alive ever since.

Re: Mylar balloons in power lines [Re: Gregtaylor] #164541
06/05/07 09:47 PM
06/05/07 09:47 PM
e57  Offline
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 2,876
While it is a favorite passtime for the youth in one area of the City I live in to throw chain and pipes across lines from nearby roofs. (I used to live on a hill over-looking that area, and it would set off re-closers and switches in all areas of the city sometimes, as well as turn on the generator at the hospital below me.)

SHOULD WE BE DISCUSSING THIS IN THE OPEN? Just loads of bad ideas out there for the taking...

Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason
Re: Mylar balloons in power lines [Re: e57] #164544
06/05/07 10:53 PM
06/05/07 10:53 PM
Trumpy  Offline

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 8,236
SI,New Zealand
I agree Mark,
Best we leave this sort of thing alone.


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