Boy’s balloon shuts down Madrid Metro

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© Daniel Erler, Wikimedia.
Sol Metro Station, Madrid.

The busiest section of Metro Line 2 in Madrid was shut down on the morning of December 2 after a child’s aluminium foil balloon touched high voltage electricity cables above the track and caught fire, causing a power-cut.

Sol station was closed for an hour between 7.15am and 8.15am, and five of the capital´s busiest stations from Banco de España to Santo Domingo Banco had no service.

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The incident happened on the launch day of Madrid’s new ‘Scenario One’ initiative.  The initiative encourages more people to use public transport. 




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