Documents: Superdome officials worried about possible power outage before Super Bowl blackout

  • Article by: KEVIN McGILL and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 5, 2013 - 6:39 AM

NEW ORLEANS - While authorities investigate the causes of the 34-minute Super Bowl blackout, documents show that Superdome officials were worried last fall about losing power at the big game.

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swschradFeb. 4, 1312:21 PM

silly people! it was obviously a 34 minute commercial for Entergy.

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tackfanFeb. 4, 1312:22 PM

Who cares, it is over with and was taken care of lets not make this out to be a a bigger deal than it really is.

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BroonieFeb. 4, 1312:50 PM

Could it have been a 49'ers fan with a pliers?

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LuckyBobFeb. 4, 1312:53 PM

Conspiracy theorists are saying that the power outage was intentionally perpetrated by the NFL in order to swing the momentum in favor of the 49ers to make the game more interesting, instead of a rout by the Ravens. I think those folks might want to stock up on tin foil. Althoughhhhhh, it did happen immediately after a kick-off return for a touchdown, putting the Ravens up by 22, so...

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shushyn78Feb. 4, 1312:57 PM

I wonder where Ray Nagin was. Sour grapes?

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luzhishenFeb. 4, 13 1:14 PM

Someone bet heavily on the '49ers...

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pjhawk95Feb. 4, 13 2:09 PM

shushyn78 - considering Nagins has an arraignment this month I assume he is too busy preparing his defense to be pulling a stunt like this.

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swschradFeb. 4, 13 2:11 PM

let's say this was a typical near-big-city sized load in one building. give or take 20 kilovolt 3-phase enters the building, goes to a transformer vault, and a big ol' 3-phase feeder at 408 volts or similar comes out. this is chopped and fed all over on building power panels. typically, emergency power is now controlled by several relay panels full of sensors and is pawed over thousands of times a second by the computerized power controller tied to the generator bank. if that computer swallows its tongue and falls over, this is what it looks like.

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marsbonfireFeb. 4, 13 3:12 PM

LuckyBobFeb. 4, 1312:53 PM Conspiracy theorists are saying that the power outage was intentionally perpetrated by the NFL in order to swing the momentum in favor of the 49ers to make the game more interesting, instead of a rout by the Ravens. I think those folks might want to stock up on tin foil._________I just encountered one of those people over in sports this morning. The writer said that he had been to lots of high school football games and it never happened at those, why should it happen during the biggest sporting event in the US? Hard to wrap your head around that kind of logic.

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zucchiniFeb. 4, 13 3:20 PM

The cause is fairly obvious: Chinese hackers or Anonymous.

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