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Feb 7, 2013 12:48 PM by AP

New Orleans council to probe Super Bowl outage

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Officials for the Superdome's power company will go before the City Council on Friday to talk about the power outage that halted play in the Super Bowl last Sunday night.

The council is the regulatory agency for Entergy New Orleans. Its utility committee meets Friday morning.

Committee chairwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell says she set the meeting for late-week to give Entergy time to gather and analyze data about the outage.

Superdome and Entergy officials have said the 34-minute outage happened when sensing equipment in the area where Entergy and Superdome equipment intersect detected some sort of anomaly, causing a breaker to open and cut power to half the stadium.

The companies plan to hire an outside expert to determine the source of the anomaly, which they have not described in detail.

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