39 People Temporarily Displaced After Balloon Stikes Power Lines, Leads to Gas Leak – NBC Los Angeles

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Thirty-nine residents were displaced Monday evening due to a gas leak in La Puente, which apparently started after a mylar balloon struck a nearby power line.

Fire crews responded to the scene in the 700 block of Willow Avenue about 4:10 p.m., according to Supervisor Miguel Ornelas of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

A mylar balloon struck a power line, which resulted in damage to a natural gas line and water line, according to Patrice Clayton of SoCalGas.

SoCalGas crews stopped the gas leak by 7:30 p.m., and they are working on a permanent repair, Clayton said.

No injuries were reported, but residents were not allowed back into their homes Monday evening due to “substantial damage to utilities at the structures,” according to LACFD Capt. Tony Imbrenda.

The American Red Cross is providing support to residents, according to the LACFD.



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