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(Yahoo)   Valentine's Day balloon causes electrical outage to more than 2,100 homes and businesses   ( divider line
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5887 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 Feb 2005 at 7:21 PM (13 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2005-02-15 05:33:21 PM  
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2005-02-15 05:36:26 PM  
My fiance's from Mishawaka - woo hoo - or something.

Sure as hell wasn't my balloon - I got Care Bears:)
2005-02-15 05:39:56 PM  
Hey this is a boon to some forgetful guys, they'll be breaking out the candles now.

2005-02-15 05:53:33 PM  
That's a bad omen for that relationship.
2005-02-15 06:18:32 PM  
I submitted this wi...

2005-02-15 06:19:08 PM  
Honey, the lights went out. I think it's a sign...
2005-02-15 06:50:22 PM  
Sparks fly when you are near.
2005-02-15 07:21:52 PM  
What does he care? He still got laid.
2005-02-15 07:29:51 PM  
That's actually a real military tactic. Drop a conductive material onto a power station to shut it down for a while without actually doing serious damage. It's a one in a million that a single balloon happened to land in just the right place to short a big ass capacitor. Those things really stink when they fry too.
2005-02-15 07:29:52 PM  

/awww hell...
2005-02-15 07:31:02 PM  
Love burns
2005-02-15 07:33:13 PM  
safe insane

do what now?
2005-02-15 07:36:41 PM  
A thing of love has become a thing of pain and suffering. Just like too much chocolate.
2005-02-15 07:36:57 PM  
Cliff Claven unavailable for coment.
2005-02-15 07:42:28 PM  
"It looks like someone didn't hold onto their Valentine's gift tightly enough."

Miller said the balloon, trailing a wet string...

Just where was that balloon being held?!?
2005-02-15 07:46:52 PM  
2005-02-15 07:48:32 PM  
Another fine example of our third world electrical wiring.
2005-02-15 07:50:15 PM  
Baby, Our Love is Electric!!!

2005-02-15 07:52:05 PM  
That balloon turned off more poeople than Dick Cheney's third nipple.

(.o Y o )
2005-02-15 07:53:30 PM  
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2005-02-15 07:54:30 PM  
Two young Fun-loving cookie giving rural girls, sought for interragation.
2005-02-15 07:55:15 PM  
Funny that we can be brought to our knees for an hour by a $1 balloon. I wonder if the person who accidentally let it go will be called a "terrorist."
2005-02-15 07:55:48 PM  
haha The same thing happened at work a few days ago. Although some of our equipment did get fried.
2005-02-15 08:03:06 PM  
I lost power cause of this. I had to reset all the clocks. Damn balloon.
2005-02-15 08:13:49 PM  
I lived in Indiana, and the power went out every time a squirrel broke wind, so I'm not surprised that a balloon shut down almost all of Grape Road.
2005-02-15 08:17:04 PM  
I think this is grounds to cancel Valentine's Day next year. And the next 10 following years.
2005-02-15 08:32:01 PM  
I heard the hezzbolah are taking credit for it
2005-02-15 09:22:10 PM  
Once again,

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2005-02-15 09:22:24 PM  
I just think it is shocking that something meant to spark romance would conduct this type of behavior. I would think it would have put up some resistance to this plan.
2005-02-15 09:24:45 PM  
Anyone remember the Cheers episode where (I think) Fraiser is ranting against those balloons and he says someone will cause the power to go out by letting it hit the power lines. Norm, Cliff and the guys grab the balloon and rush outside.

/It's a guy thing.
2005-02-15 10:14:39 PM  
This sort of thing happens pretty often, actually. A couple weeks ago we had an outage down here in South Texas - apparently a bunch of "It's a Boy!" balloons got caught in some 69kV lines. Faultilarity insued. No balloon survivors.

/Works for a power company
2005-02-15 10:37:14 PM  
How's the radio reception?
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2005-02-15 10:56:54 PM  
Must add to the tagline... In other news, 2100 new babies predicted in 9 months.
(all with "It's a ????" balloons of their own)
2005-02-15 10:58:42 PM  
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2005-02-15 11:33:33 PM  
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2005-02-16 07:32:40 AM  
I was in the farking wal-mart when that happened a couple days ago. People were going nuts, thinking they were going to die. Others decided that was a perfect time to stuff their shirts and run!! one trip to the store $3(gas) one balloon for your girlfriend on valentines day $1, knocking most of the cities power out with that one balloon....priceless
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