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Video shows float's confetti cannon apparently striking transformer, knocking out power along New Orleans parade route

9 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago Saturday, February 11 2023 Feb 11, 2023 February 11, 2023 1:02 PM February 11, 2023 in News
Source: WWL-TV

NEW ORLEANS - Video posted to social media appears to show a confetti cannon firing and striking a transformer during a Mardi Gras parade Friday night, shortly before power was knocked out for nearly 2,000 buildings.

According to WWL-TV, Entergy initially said that power was out on St. Charles Avenue after a car struck and damaged a pole.

However, video posted to Twitter shows a parade float's confetti cannon seemingly striking a transformer, causing an explosion along the St. Charles Avenue part of the Uptown parade route.

Parade routes were temporarily halted, but they were moving again by 9:30 p.m., according to the news outlet.

The Entergy power outage map showed the outage started near St. Charles and Felicity and extended under the Pontchartrain Expressway. Entergy officials tell WWL-TV the outage lasted roughly 25 minutes.

As of Saturday afternoon, Entergy officials couldn't definitively say the cannon caused the outage, but the company hasn't ruled it out as a potential cause.

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