Mylar Balloons Hit Power Lines, Cause Power Outage, Small Fire on Lincoln Ave Near Central Ave, Morton Grove

LIncoln Avenue and Central Avenue in Morton Grove Aerial View (©2020 Google Maps)
LIncoln Avenue and Central Avenue in Morton Grove Aerial View (©2020 Google Maps).

Police and firefighter/paramedics from Morton Grove responded about 9:48 a.m. Wednesday, October 7, 2020 to a report of a power outage, activated fire alarm, and a small fire in the block of 5500 Lincoln Avenue in Morton Grove.

A Mylar balloon hit a power line and caused arcing in the overhead power line. Firefighters discovered a power outage in the area first

Engine 4’s crew reported that Mylar balloons were stuck in pole-to-pole power lines, and that one of the balloons fell to the ground burning. A popped overhead circuit breaker was also reported by the crew. Engine 4’s crew also requested ComEd to the scene.

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The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.

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LIncoln Avenue and Central Avenue in Morton Grove Aerial View (©2020 Google Maps)
LIncoln Avenue and Central Avenue in Morton Grove Aerial View (©2020 Google Maps).