“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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