- Associated Press - Sunday, May 3, 2015

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Utility crews say a mylar balloon was responsible for an hour-long power outage Saturday night that affected thousands of Las Cruces residents.

El Paso Electric spokesman George De La Torre tells the Las Cruces Sun-News (https://bit.ly/1AxRbNW) that the power went out around 7:55 p.m.

He says about 5,000 customers in central and south Las Cruces had no electricity.

De La Torre says crews determined the balloon, which can be purchased at any grocery store, touched a transformer.

Power was restored shortly after 9 p.m., in time for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao boxing match which was available on Pay-Per-View.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com

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