Balloons are the new possums

Even if it's not a living thing, this balloon will now works as a scapegoat
This is the perfect scapegoat for blackouts these holidays

Parts of Barquisimeto and Cabudare were forced to pass Christmas Eve in the dark thanks to electric blackouts. This time though, the blame didn’t fall on an animal but on an object: the sky lantern.

In a written statement, CORPOELEC pointed to the “wishing balloons” (as they’re called here) as responsible for recent failures in electrical sub-stations, along with other traditional fireworks.

Those balloons are now the hottest item in the streets, with sales doubling the numbers of last year. The ban ordered this month by the Caracas Fire Department was simply ignored.

Other major blackout occurred this Christmas week. The explosion of two transformers forced José Tadeo Monagas Airport in Maturín to shut down operations for a day, leaving 400 passengers stranded and causing incoming flights to be diverted to Puerto Ordaz.

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  1. 🙂
    Used to make them out of black garbage bags, coat-hangers and alcohol food warmers. Funnest is when you use black garbage bags and add a few light weight battery powered Christmas lights. Then you got a Roswell Situation and mountains of fine mashed potatoes.

    Good times, good times.

  2. I don’t know which is more insulting: Having a crappy electrical distribution system without sufficient capacity, or having an electrical distribution network so crappy and lacking safety and redundancy features that a balloon (or iguana, or possum) can provoke a blackout. I know! Thinking that Venezuelans will swallow the latter version. Ok, maybe it has fallen so low…

  3. Nothing like getting drunk, setting off some firecrackers and launching a paper bag with a candle in it into the neighbour’s backyard at the height of the dry season. Beats shoveling snow!

    • I don’t suppose other countries have to invent such crappy excuses for continuing incompetence. Else I don’t suppose people in other countries are supposed as stupid as Venezuelans might be, to accept such an explanation.


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