Power outage at Super Bowl prompts investigation

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February 4, 2013, 6:40 am
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(NECN: Justin Michaels, Boston) - The superdome has hosted the Super Bowl six times before...and New Orleans was looking to this year's big game as a way to show they've fully recovered after Hurricane Katrina.

The outage has prompted a huge investigation because nothing like this has ever happened before.

Shortly after the start of the second half of the super bowl, and Jacoby Jones' 109 yard touchdown, the announcers said:

"Moments ago, as we watched the start to proceed pretty much as normal, one big click of the light switch and we lost power in half of the stadium."

Play was suspended for 34 minutes as NFL officials and Superdome personnel scrambled to fix the problem.

Players remained on the field stretching and trying to stay warmed up.

Early reports showed the outage was caused by a failure from the power company, Entergy New Orleans.

Entergy said it was an issue in the Superdome, not on their end.

After investigating, Entergy said a piece of equipment that monitors the electrical load in the building sensed an "abnormality in the power system and cut power as designed."

The root cause of that power abnormality is now under investigation.

The Superdome underwent $336 million in renovations to prepare for the Super Bowl - including updates to the power systems to make it more efficient.

The mayor of New Orleans has called for a full action report from all parties involved in the power at the Super Bowl.

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