NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The mayor of New Orleans says he's expecting a full report in the coming days from everyone involved in last night's power outage at the Superdome. It caused a delay of more than a half-hour during the third quarter of the Super Bowl.
The Baltimore Ravens, who had been leading by 22 points when the outage happened, barely held on for a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
The outage has been blamed on what's called an "abnormality" in the arena's power system.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu called it "an unfortunate moment" in what he said was an "otherwise shining Super Bowl week" for New Orleans.
The city was hosting its first Super Bowl since 2002, and was eager to show that it has been rebuilt since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Billions of dollars were spent sprucing up downtown, the airport, French Quarter and other areas of the city in the past seven years.
A joint statement from the utility that provides power to the stadium and the Superdome operator said that a piece of equipment that monitors electrical load "sensed an abnormality in the system." It says the equipment "operated as designed," and caused power to be partially cut to the Superdome so the issue could be isolated.
051-v-26-(Jim Militello, AP correspondent)--The power outage during last night's Super Bowl is being blamed on an unspecified "abnormality" in the Superdome's power system, Correspondent Jim Miltello reports. (4 Feb 2013)
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087-a-15-(Steve Tasker, CBS Sports announcer, former Buffalo Bills special teams player, in broadcast)-"working as well"-Former Buffalo Bills player Steve Tasker, broadcasting for CBS Sports, explains there's a power outage during the Super Bowl. COURTESY: CBS Sports/National Football League. ((mandatory on-air credit)) (4 Feb 2013)
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APPHOTO SB384: Fans and members of the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers wait for power to return in the Superdome during an outage in the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) (3 Feb 2013)
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APPHOTO SB393: Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5), wide receiver Jacoby Jones (12) and linebacker Adrian Hamilton (54) watch the field during a power outage at the Superdome in the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) (3 Feb 2013)
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