Authorities have now confirmed the power outage at Dodger Stadium that caused a 23-minute delay of Monday night’s game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers was caused by a Mylar balloon that made contact with overhead electrical equipment.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says an automated switch rerouted power to the stadium in two seconds Monday night. Equipment, however, had to be reset and powered back on by stadium personnel.
The city utility explained how electrical wires can be melted when metallic balloons come in contact with power lines, causing fires, property damage or an outage
Originally, the Dodgers reported the official cause of the outage was “a disruption in the city’s power feed to the facility.”
A promotional piece being narrated by famed broadcaster Vin Scully was playing on the video board before it halted abruptly. All stadium lights went dark at 7:44 p.m. The Dodgers were on the field but returned to their dugout.
The Brewers led 1-0 after one inning at the time of the delay. A near capacity crowd was in attendance for the game, which was the home debut of newly-acquired Dodgers infielder Manny Machado.
Meanwhile, at Chase Field, a haboob dust storm caused some lights to go out, forcing the Rangers and D-backs to stop play.
Fans were quick to offer a helping hand, using their phones in an effort to illuminate the field of play. Unfortunately, crowdsourcing stadium lighting didn’t quite work out.
The lights eventually came back on in both L.A. and Arizona and games resumed play.
There are approximately 150 Mylar-related outage incidents citywide annually.