12,000 customers without power in West LA

A power outage was reported Friday evening in the Sawtelle and Westwood neighborhoods, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.

Nearly 12,000 customers are without power. According to the LADWP three of their vaults are affected.

They say the power outage was caused by a mylar balloon. In a tweet the department said the balloons got caught and severed power lines, 'dropping onto higher voltage lines and impacting a power distribution station in the area.'

They say power could be out for the next six hours. 

Editor's Note: This story was originally published on Friday, August 2.