Power outage hits Echo Park [updated]

Fallen power lines forced the closure of Echo Park Avenue

Fallen power lines forced the closure of Echo Park Avenue

ECHO PARK – An estimated 2,600 LADWP customers lost electrical service this morning after power lines fell near Echo Park Lake.

Traffic was being turned around at Echo Park and Laguna avenues, where power lines fell across the pavement shortly after 9 a.m. An officer at the scene said that a Mylar balloon may have triggered an explosion that brought the wires down but that could not be confirmed.

LADWP spokeswoman Ellen Cheng said that crews are on the scene to isolate the problems and make repairs. It could take several hours before full service is restored, she said. The cause of the outage had not been determined.

The power outage knocked out some nearby traffic signals and prompted the fire department to respond to a senior apartment complex on Morton Avenue where the elevators had stopped working.

Updated @ 10:55 a.m: Some residents say their power has been restored.

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  1. Something shorted out at the corner of Echo Park and Laguna. I saw a flash and some smoke. Echo Park Ave is closed – police and fire departments are on the scene.

  2. A bunch of heart shaped mylar balloons were floating up into the air over the southern end of Echo Park Lake shortly after the boom.

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