German Police Investigate Balloon That Caused Mass Blackout

German Police Investigate Balloon That Caused Mass Blackout

“We are currently working on the assumption that at best it was careless, or simply a coincidence,” he said, adding that the lack of a claim of responsibility also indicated it wasn’t a politically motivated attack.

German police are investigating the source of a balloon that caused a massive blackout in and around the eastern city of Dresden. Authorities said the metal foil balloon caused a short-circuit at an electricity substation in Dresden on Monday. It provoked a power outage that affected hospitals, trams, factories and about 300,000 households. Dozens of people were trapped in elevators until electricity was restored about an hour later. A spokesman for a utility company said Tuesday that the aluminum-covered balloon found at the substation featured an clear warning not to fly it near electrical wires. A Dresden police spokesman said investigators don’t currently have any evidence that the balloon was directed into the overhead cables intentionally.

“But we can’t rule it out 100% either,” Geithner said.

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