A few tense moments at the 9th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade down in Hot Springs last Saturday, after what is thought to be a piece of confetti fired from a parade float fell across power lines, causing a transformer to short out, which blacked out power to a large area.
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Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, said that the malfunction happened at the corner of Bridge St. and Broadway on the parade route, just after a confetti cannon on a passing float was fired. "What they think happened is a string of something, in a one-in-a-million shot, laid across all three lines at the same time."
Arrison, who was there, said the short blew the fuses on a nearby transformer. "I turned around when it happened, and you could see sparks shooting out," he said. The transformer gave a loud bang "like a cannon going off," but police on the scene were able to move everyone back. The parade was delayed for about 10 minutes, but continued without incident after that.
A woman who was startled by the noise from the transformer was transported to a local hospital to be checked out, but was okay. Arrison said that Entergy was able to restore electricity to most of the area right away, through at least four restaurants were without power until around 10 p.m.