Balloons cause explosion, water line break in Chula Vista neighborhood

Posted at 4:37 PM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 13:46:08-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - A two balloons caused chaos for residents in a Chula Vista neighborhood Monday after striking a power line.

Firefighters told 10News two Mylar balloons hit a power line near the intersection of D Street and 5th Avenue just after 3 p.m.

The balloons became tangled in the line, triggering a small explosion that caused a water line break under the street.

A mother who lives in a home under the explosion said she saw a huge red fireball, grabbed her children and ran.

She said this isn't the first time a balloon caused an explosion. She told 10News that a similar explosion caused by party balloons happened last year.

San Diego Gas & Electric and Sweetwater Authority water crews worked for several hours to fix the flow of water running down the street. Several blocks were closed so crews could conduct repairs.

Numerous residents were without water service until about 10 p.m., Sweetwater Authority officials said.

The repairs were concluded by early Tuesday morning.