More than 1,200 Southern California Edison customers in Torrance were powerless for nearly two hours this afternoon.

A mylar balloon caused a power outage around 12:38 in north Torrance. SCE crews were at the scene trying to fix the problem. The boundaries of the outage were about Redondo Beach Boulevard to the north, Yukon avenue to the east, 186th Street to the south and Hawthorne Boulevard to the west.

A proposed bill from Assemblyman Bill Quirk of Hayward could prohibit the sale of mylar balloons, which are made out of electrically conductive material, after 2018. Assembly bill 2709 would also make it a crime to release these types of balloons outdoors. Anyone caught doing so could be fined $250.

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