Lights back on at Super Bowl; play resumes

The lights are back on at the Superdome and play has resumed at the Super Bowl. A power surge knocked out power to half of the stadium early in the second half.

NEW ORLEANS — Play has resumed in the Super Bowl after power went out at the Superdome early in the third quarter on Sunday.

The Baltimore Ravens were leading the San Francisco 49ers 28-6 at the time.

The lights came on about 9:10 pm ET after being out for 34 minutes.

A new Twitter account, @SuperbowlLights, quickly gathered more than 24,000 followers.

The majority of lights failed shortly after Jacoby Jones returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown. There was 13:22 left in the quarter.

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Auxiliary power kept the playing field from going totally dark, but escalators stopped working and the concourses were only illuminated by small banks of lights tied in to emergency service.

Philip Allison, a spokesman for Entergy New Orleans, which provides power to the stadium, said power had been flowing into the stadium before the lights failed.

"All of our distribution and transmission feeds going into the Superdome were operating as expected," Allison said.

He said the outage appeared to originate in a failure of equipment maintained by stadium staff. It occurred shortly after Beyonce put on a 12-minute halftime show that featured extravagant lighting and video effects.

On the CBS broadcast, the play-by-play announcers went silent.

CBS sideline reporter Steve Tasker announced the problem of a "click of the lights" to viewers. Later, the halftime crew anchored by host James Brown returned to fill the time with football analysis. Brown said a power surge caused the outage.

The teams remained on the field.

After a few minutes, the public address announcer said the Superdome was experiencing an interruption of electrical service and encouraged fans to stay in their seats.

Some fans did the wave to pass the time. Players milled around on the sidelines, some took a seat on the bench, other on the field. A few of the Ravens threw footballs around.

Officials gathered on the field and appeared to be talking to stadium personnel.

The 49ers previously suffered two power outages during a game in December 2011.

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