UPDATE 2-NFL-Super Bowl extravaganza hit by power failure

Sun Feb 3, 2013 10:31pm EST
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* Overhead lights went out across half the stadium

* Cause of power failure being investigated by NFL

By Larry Fine

NEW ORLEANS, Feb 3 (Reuters) - The biggest U.S. sports event of the year and parties across the world were interrupted by a 35-minute power outage during the Super Bowl at the Superdome on Sunday.

Moments after Baltimore's Jacoby Jones opened the second half with a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that gave the Ravens a 28-6 lead early the third quarter, the scoreboard and half of the overheard lights in the Superdome went out.

Officials waved a stop to play in a development that short-circuited the most watched television event of the year.

The overhead lights first went out on the 49ers' side of the field before dimming in other parts, although some overhead lighting remained on and kept the 72,968-seat stadium from going into total darkness.

The cause of the delay, which the National Football League (NFL) said it was investigating, was initially attributed by TV reports to an outside power feed that died.

New Orleans electric utility Entergy Corp said it was not the cause of the partial loss of power.   Continued...