Balloons knock out Atlantic City power

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - December 6, 2010

Sunday evening's outage affected 5,200 customers, had police manually directing traffic, and forced a casino hotel tower to use an emergency generator.

An Atlantic City Electric spokeswoman says the balloons became entangled with part of a major feeder line, causing a power surge that triggered a system shutdown around 5:30 p.m.

The spokeswoman says crews made the appropriate adjustments and the power came back on at 8:39 p.m.

The Press of Atlantic City reported congregants at a Presbyterian church who had been singing Christmas carols simply carried on with flashlights and candles.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City

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