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Car Accident, Runaway Balloons Cause Separate Power Outages

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Authorities said more than 1,500 San Diego Gas & Electric customers lost power Sunday in separate incidents in National City and North Park.

The first was caused by a car that jumped a curb, smashed an electrical box, sheared off a fire hydrant and flooded a business, a National City police dispatcher said.

Someone was driven to a hospital after the 8 a.m. crash in the 900 block of east Plaza Boulevard in a private vehicle, the dispatcher said.

She said the extent of flooding at a shoe store adjacent to the crash scene was unknown, and no one at the business answered a telephone call.

Denise King of San Diego Gas & Electric said more than 500 customers lost power in an area roughly between Highland and Palm avenues, and Ninth and 15th streets.

Repairs on the equipment could take until 5 p.m., King said.

She said about 1,000 customers lost electricity for more than an hour in City Heights when balloons struck overhead power lines.

The outage started around 8:39 a.m. and affected an area bordered by University and Orange avenues, between 44th Street and Menlo Avenue, King said. Power was back on by 9:50 a.m.

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