(SAN FRANCISCO) — The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in a Monday night football game, 20-3, but that wasn’t the big story.
Right before the game started, San Francisco’s Candlestick Park was plunged into darkness because of a transformer blow-out.
When power was restored after a brief delay, the game got underway. But just as things were heating up in the second quarter, the lights went out again at Candlestick, forcing another delay.
Talk buzzed around the stadium about a possible postponement until the lights came back on. The teams were able to finish the half and the rest of the game was played without incident.
However, after everyone had gone home, San Francisco police revealed that a bomb threat had been called in before the coin toss to start the game. Following a quick hunt for a possible “explosive” device, cops determined that the threat wasn’t credible.
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