Photo by U.S. Air Force/Tiffany DeNault via Getty Images
In this handout from the US Air Force a flight crew launches an US Army Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Sensor System JLENS February 3 2014 at the Utah Test and Training Range Utah According to reports October 28 2015 an unmanned Army surveillance blimp broke loose from a ground tether at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Maryland and is currently drifting over Pennsylvania

PPL Electric Utilities Assessing Apparent Damage from Runaway Blimp

Oct. 29, 2015
The trailing tether line of the blimp broke free from the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

PPL Electric Utilities is assessing and responding to damage to its electric delivery system reportedly caused Wednesday afternoon by a runaway military blimp.

The trailing tether line of the blimp, which broke free from the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, reportedly caused damage to multiple electrical system facilities in Columbia and Schuylkill counties.

The utility was working to switch many affected customers to other circuits, restoring power. It has not yet been determined how long repairs will take.

"We will work as quickly and safely as possible to repair the damage and restore all service," said Dave Bonenberger, vice president-Distribution Operations.

As of 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, about 17,800 customers were without power in Columbia County, with another 9,000 out in Schuylkill County.

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