Entergy officials: Super Bowl blackout due to faulty device

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA (CNN) -- Energy officials in New Orleans say they now know what caused the power outage at Super Bowl 47. Charles Rice, head of Entergy New Orleans, explains they traced the problem to a faulty device.

    President and CEO of Enter New Orleans, Inc. says, "We have traced the cause of Sunday's outage to an electrical relay device. The device was specifically installed to protect the Mercedes-Benz Superdome equipment in the event of a cable failure between the switch gear and the stadium. While the relay functioned without issues on a number of high profile events to include the New Orleans Bowl, New Orleans Saints versus Carolina Panthers game and the Sugar Bowl, during Sunday's game the relay device triggered, signaling a switch to open when it should not have, causing the partial outage."

    The electrical outage at the Superdome delayed the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers for 35 minutes.

    It also set off a storm of social media chatter that suggested Beyonce's half-time show might have been responsible.

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