DSU police issue request
by Courtney Warren
May 30, 2014 | 4616 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After a helium filled balloon caused a transformer to blow at the recent countywide Head Start graduation at the Water Sillers Coliseum, Delta State University police has issued a request.

"Delta State congratulates seniors of local high schools that will be graduating at commencement ceremonies in Walter Sillers Coliseum on Monday and Tuesday next week. The University Police Department would like to advise parents, family members, friends and supporters of graduates to refrain from bringing helium-filled balloons to the ceremony.

"While we want to enjoy the celebration, the balloons tend to interfere with the ceremony and may pose safety threats if they are released in or around electrical wires. Your safety and well being is UPD's number one concern. Thank you for your cooperation during this celebration of one of life's milestones."

As attendees were filing out of the countywide Head Start graduation earlier this month, a transformer blew at the back of the coliseum.

Several in the area reported the explosion sounding like a canon or dynamite.

According to DSU Police Chief Lynn Buford, this was caused by a helium balloon floating up into the transformer.

The debris that fell from the transformer landed on top of a woman's head and on a young girl's foot.

Pafford EMS was called and arrived at the scene and then transported the two to Bolivar Medical Center.

"From what I understand the injuries weren't serious but they were shaken up," said Buford.

Entergy repaired the blown transformer