Super Bowl Blackout Caused By Device That’s Supposed To Prevent Outages

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Super Bowl Blackout Caused By Device That’s Supposed To Prevent Outages

We now know what caused that blackout during Super Bowl XLVII. New Orleans’ power utility Entergy said today that the 34-minute outage was caused by an electrical relay device designed to prevent power snafus, AP reports. The utility said it’s looking in to whether it was due to a design flaw or a manufacturing defect. However, Chicago-based manufacturer S&C Electric Co., which supplied the relay installed in the Superdome, said separately in a statement that system operators outside their purview had set the device’s trip setting too low, causing the outage. With the second-highest Super Bowl ratings in 27 years, CBS isn’t complaining.

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