Power restored in Grand Rapids, traffic signals back on

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Mylar balloon came in contact with a Consumer Energy power line Saturday, causing a fire and knocking power out to residents for a few hours and traffic signals for almost 4 hours.

The power line that caught fire around 12:15 p.m. burned through and fell onto a main power line that provides electricity to street lights and traffic signals in the City of Grand Rapids, knocking out signals on the southeast side of the city.

Power has since been restored to nearly 1,100 Consumers Energy customers who were without power for hours.

According to city officials, around 4:15 power was restored to traffic signals and city lights.

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