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Popular graduation balloons festive but dangerous if released, energy companies warn

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 6: Helium balloons congratulating recent graduates are tied to a railing outside Constitution Hall is viewed on June 6, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The nation's capital, the sixth largest metropolitan area in the country, draws mil As families start to gather in the coming weeks for high school and college graduation celebrations, power companies are warning about the dangers of releasing balloons into the air. Shiny, metallic balloons, also known as Mylar balloons, have a silvery coating that conducts electricity.

If the balloons make contact with power lines, they can short transformers, melt electric wires and cause power outages, all of which pose public safety risks, according to Evergy, an electric company that serves more than 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri.NATIONWIDE HELIUM SHORTAGE COULD DEFLATE ACCURACY IN WEATHER FORECASTINGThe video above shows what happens when a Mylar balloon comes in contact with a power line. The demonstration was performed by trained linemen with the proper safety equipment in a controlled environment."Most people aren’t thinking about interfering with power lines if a balloon is released.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 6: Helium balloons congratulating recent graduates are tied to a railing outside Constitution Hall is viewed on June 6, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The nation's capital, the sixth largest metropolitan area in the country, draws mil As families start to gather in the coming weeks for high school and college graduation celebrations, power companies are warning about the dangers of releasing balloons into the air. Shiny, metallic balloons, also known as Mylar balloons, have a silvery coating that conducts electricity.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court’s nine justices will gather in private for their first scheduled meeting since the leak of a draft opinion that would overrule Roe v. Wade and sharply curtail abortion rights in roughly half the states.The meeting Thursday in the justices' private, wood-paneled conference room could be a tense affair in a setting noted for its decorum.

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TAKOMA PARK, Md. - It’s something you read about in books or see on television, but for friends Holly Harper and Herrin Hopper, it’s a reality.The two single moms found themselves in challenging times at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown in 2020. Needing support, the two took a daydream and made it a reality when they bought a house and moved in together with their children in June 2020. They then started renting out other spaces in the house to other women, eventually forming the Siren House.The Siren House, located outside Washington, D.C., contains four separate apartments.  (Holly Harper)RELATED: Identical twin brothers each receive heart transplants: 'Quite unique'The Siren House is a four-unit home located in Takoma Park, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C. "We are here for emotional support, friendships, sharing bottles of ketchup," Hopper told FOX Television Stations. "What I think Siren House is...is a safe place for people to be while they figure out things that are hard," Harper added. The massive home offers communal-style living space with each woman able to have their own living quarters with their own bedrooms and bathrooms. "We are here for emotional support, friendships, sharing bottles of ketchup," Herrin Hopper said.  (Holly Harper)Harper and Hopper said they have been friends for more than six years, but hard times fell on both of them.Harper said between 2018 and 2020, she went through a divorce, health scares and deaths in the family, including her father who died from COVID-19. Hopper was also going through her own ordeals, including a divorce.The ladies often talked, sometimes about finding new places to live.
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