Drone Is Apparent Cause of WeHo Power Outage


DroneUPDATE: Power was restored to Southern California Edison customers in West Hollywood by about 5:45 p.m. according to a SoCal Edison spokesman.

A power outage, possibly caused by a drone, knocked out electrical service to nearly 200 Southern California Edison
customers in West Hollywood this afternoon.

The outage, which began about 1:15 p.m., affected 187 customers on Larrabee Street north of Sunset Boulevard, SCE spokesman David Song said.

Preliminary information indicated a drone had struck some of the utility’s equipment in the area, Song said. Power wasn’t expected to be restored until about 10 p.m., he said.

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8 years ago

Well since many people own drones, accidents happen and will happen. It is just a common thing. Many flyers means many accidents. Now it is an idea that only certified flyers could direct drones, but I don’t think that will limit the amount of accidents. This drone that caused that could have been self-built. It could have also been caused by experienced flyer who was a little bit uncareful or just trying new things. What I am saying is that new legislation which is being proposed will only limit the amount of people owning a drone, but it will not… Read more »

Zam Loomstein
8 years ago

I am very much in favor of RESPONSIBLE drone use. But let’s start with the general misunderstanding about civilian drones. The term refers to aircraft which are piloted remotely. There are 3 types: 1: Recreational ‘drones’: These have been around for decades under a different name. Think of remote controlled toy airplanes and helicopters. They are basically the same thing with a cool new name. Most of these are little more than cheap toys (100+). Since cameras are cheap, many now have them and relay the video back to control devices, live. Unfortunately, video and sensor technology gives ‘pilots’ a… Read more »

Jim Nasium
Jim Nasium
8 years ago

Enough already. Make drones illegal.

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