Power restored after balloon caught in lines, Kalihi satellite city hall, DMV reopen

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A power outage affected hundreds in Kalihi Wednesday afternoon.

It was first reported at around 2 p.m. Hawaiian Electric says roughly 460 customers were out of power.

One of them was the City Square Satellite City Hall and DMV on Dillingham Boulevard. Both facilities were forced to close until about 3 p.m.

Nearby business, JBL Hawaii Ltd., was also affected.

“I was in the office and I was working on my computer and I heard a humming noise kind of loud,” said Alan Montgomery, “and then I felt the ground shake in our office and maybe two seconds after that the power went out.”

Montgomery said the building was evacuated. “We weren’t sure exactly as far as the safety of our employees so we made the call to let everybody go home. We’ll be open tomorrow,” he said.

Traffic lights were also out in the area. HECO said all power was restored by 2:30 p.m.

According to HECO, the outage was caused by a metallic balloon that got caught in power lines.

It offers the following tips:

  • Make sure a ribbon or string is tied securely to the balloon.
  • Add a heavy weight to the end of the ribbon or string.
  • Never release balloons into the sky.
  • Deflate balloons after your celebration.

If you see a metallic balloon caught in a power line, call us at 1-855-304-1212 to report it.

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