Super Bowl Outage Caused When Equipment Detected 'Abnormality'

Published 02/04 2013 11:29AM

Updated 02/04 2013 11:32AM

NEW ORLEANS -  A Super Bowl week that had gone so smoothly for the Big Easy suddenly turned bizarre when everyone was watching.

The lights went out on the biggest game of the year.

Just imagine the uproar if Baltimore had lost.

The outage, blamed on an unspecified "abnormality" in the Superdome's power system, was an embarrassment for New Orleans, which was hosting its first Super Bowl since 2002 and was eager to show off how it has been rebuilt since Hurricane Katrina.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu called Sunday night's outage "an unfortunate moment in what has been an otherwise shining Super Bowl week for the city of New Orleans."

He said he expected to receive "a full after-action report from all parties involved" in the coming days.

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