Mylar balloons in public spaces are no joke—Seattle City Light even published a blog post this summer warning about the dangers of mylar balloons interacting with power lines. According to Erik Nyhus, City Light Transmission and Distribution Field Operation Supervisor, the balloons "introduce a path for electricity to flow in our system that is not supposed to be there. When the balloons touch an energized piece of equipment, it’s possible for the electricity to travel in a way that can cause power outages ranging from a few customers to a few thousand."
Look at this video!! The drama!!!:
I just went outside and—at my 5'6" height—I can't reach to tear these babies down. Anyone have a ladder?