La. board: Recent work not related to game outage

Lawyer for La. board says December work on electrical system not related to Super Bowl outage

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A power outage affects about half the lights in the Superdome during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A lawyer for the state board that oversees the Superdome says Sunday night's power outage during the Super Bowl does not appear to be related to work done on the stadium's electrical system in December.

The board last fall approved work to replace "feeder" equipment connecting the stadium to power provider Entergy New Orleans.

The Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District oversees the Superdome and the New Orleans Arena. Board attorney Larry Roedel says a preliminary investigation shows the work does not appear to have caused the outage.

Entergy and the company that manages the Superdome, SMG, said Sunday that an "abnormality" occurred where stadium equipment intersects with an Entergy electric feed, causing a breaker to cause a 34-minute outage.

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