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Jul 4, 2017 12:52 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Power Restored In Southampton Village Tuesday

Map of power outtage, Tuesday afternoon. COURTESY PSEG
Jul 4, 2017 3:06 PM

UPDATE: 3 p.m.

According to the PSEG website, power has been restored to all customers in Southampton Village.

UPDATE: 1:20 p.m.

Approximately 651 customers were still without power in Southampton Village as of 1:20 p.m., Tuesday.

According to a map on the PSEG website, affected customers on the eastern portion of the village would likely see their power return around 2:15 p.m. However, customers on the western portion of the village would likely be without power until around 4:15 p.m.

ORIGINAL STORY

More than 1,000 businesses and homes lost power in Southampton Village on the Fourth of July.

According to the PSEG Long Island website, a power outage affected customers throughout a large section the village from Hill Street to Southampton Hospital on Tuesday.

Shortly after noon, a stray Mylar balloon was let loose from nearby holiday celebrations and became caught in a transformer on Jobs Lane, causing the transformer to blow, according to Southampton Village Police Lieutenant Chris Wetter.

Traffic lights throughout the village, including the Windmill Lane and Nugent Street light, as well as the signal at the North Sea Road intersection were out as of 12:45 p.m.

Southampton Hospital was not affected by the outage, officials said.

It was unclear how long the power would remain off.

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Its time to crack down on these Mylar balloons... They're dangerous and an eyesore polluting our beaches and woods.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Jul 4, 17 1:08 PM
yes, if they've banned plastic shopping bags, this needs to also be on the top of the list next.
By clamdigger (79), Quogue on Jul 4, 17 2:00 PM
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I think a bill to the guilty parties should do the trick. Loss of business, loss of enjoyment, potential risks to life, utility workers earning triple overtime on the 4th of July holiday...I bet that bill for one little selfish balloon owner's irresponsibility would be quite a bit more than they might expect and would serve as a deterrent in the future as well.
By Arnold Timer (315), Sag Harbor on Jul 4, 17 4:40 PM
Yeah, but doesn't this story make everyone feel really safe? A balloon can take down our electric system. The Russians can stop hacking and just send their people to Party City.
By HamptonDad (205), Hampton Bays on Jul 6, 17 1:06 PM
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