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What caused power outage at Super Bowl: Is 'abnormality' the whole story? (+video)

'What caused power outage' may be the biggest mystery of Super Bowl XLVII. The local energy company cited an 'abnormality in the system,' but the root cause for that is still unknown.

Watch the lights go out in the Superdome Sunday night during Super Bowl XLVII.
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Super Bowl XLVII leaves its share of mysteries in its wake, and one of the biggest is unrelated to football tactics or the inner workings of the Harbaugh family: What caused the power outage just as the second half was getting started?

A power outage left the game in limbo for more than half an hour, baffling commentators and setting the stage for the dramatic near-comeback of the San Francisco 49ers.

Was it a ploy by Chinese hackers to exhibit their capabilities at a moment that had the attention of some 50 million Americans?

Did Beyoncé’s flashy halftime show overtax the Superdome’s circuitry?

Those questions sprang naturally to mind for many an average viewer. But so far the hard evidence that’s emerged is more mundane.

The company Entergy, which supplies power to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, says a sensor discovered an “abnormality” in the electrical load, triggering the shutdown.

“Shortly after the beginning of the second half of the Super Bowl in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, a piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system,” says a joint statement from Entergy and SMG, the management company for the Superdome.

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