Balloon briefly knocks out the lights for more than 2,600 customers

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego Gas and Electric confirmed that 2,648 customers briefly lost power Sunday night before back-up systems kicked in.

The outage occurred at 7:20 p.m. when a Mylar balloon hit power lines, knocking out the lights for customers in the Ocean Beach, Midway and Lindbergh Field areas.

The outage only lasted five seconds for most, however, as back-up power kicked in for all but 87 customers.

SDG&E said they hoped to return power to those customers by 10 p.m.

The outage did not affect flights at San Diego International Airport.

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