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Most think of them as bright, shiny party favors that clowns can transform into a variety of jungle animals.

They are supposed to be fun, but lately balloons have been nothing short of destructive.

Take yesterday, for example. The nearly hour-long power outage that affected parts of the Tempe campus was caused by balloons that got tangled in some power lines.

Believe it or not, this occurrence was not the first.

During an NFL football game between the Chargers and Bills in Buffalo last October, balloons got caught in a transformer, which caused it to blow.

The power went out in all of Ralph Wilson Stadium, causing a 45-minute delay of the game. Though power was eventually restored, CBS wasn’t able to broadcast the game until midway through the second quarter because complications from the outage.

First it was birds taking down planes and now balloons turning the lights out?

A quick note to the ASU athletic department: Let’s keep the giveaways at games to Cracker Jacks or T-shirts.

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