New Orleans, LA – The Super Bowl power outage has been linked to a faulty device.
The Superdome’s power company took the heat for the Super Bowl blackout Friday. Officials of Entergy New Orleans state the cause was a faulty device installed in its switching gear. The relay device was initially designed to prevent an electric cable failure. Instead, it caused another failure.
This answers the question posed in a previous report by The Inquisitr as to what caused the outage.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, company officials said the device performed just fine during the Sugar Bowl in January as well as earlier events. Entergy said the device has been removed and replacement equipment will be installed.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, speculation had arisen over the exact cause of the Super Bowl power outage.
Officials said earlier this week that they believed the problem originated in the relay, which is housed in a building known as “the vault” close to the stadium. The Superdome has a direct line feeding from a nearby Entergy power substation. As the line reaches the vault, it splits two ways that then both cables go into the Superdome.
The FBI had ruled out cyberterrorism as a cause, though Collegehumor.com released a parody video with an actor dressed up as Bane from The Dark Knight Rises mirroring events in the film. The video is below.
During Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, the relay device had been triggered, signaling a switch to open when it should not have. The result of this malfunction was visible to football fans across the US, a partial power outage which halted the game between the San Fransisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.
According to Reuters, Charles Rice, president and chief executive officer of Entergy New Orleans, states:
“While some further analysis remains, we believe we have identified and remedied the cause of the power outage and regret the interruption that occurred during what was a showcase event for the city and state.”
Do you feel the faulty device which caused the Super Bowl power outage lessened the experience, or did it leave a historical mark which will make the game stand out in the coming years?