Adding to last night's blown-transformer situation at Candlestick Park, Bay City News now reports that San Francisco Police also received a bomb threat at the ballpark prior to kickoff at the Monday Night Football matchup. According to an SFPD spokesman, authorities searched the area around the 'Stick and determined that the phoned-in threat was a fluke, but if we had to guess, we'd pin the prank on a less-than-confident Steelers fan looking to ice out our NFC West Champs.
While the bomb threat didn't delay the game at all, several other things blew up last night, including the Steeler's offense. We can't speak for Roethlisberger & Co., but Team PG&E is taking credit for the transformer fumble that put the stadium in complete darkness around 5:20 p.m. yesterday evening. As for the second power outage that occurred during the second quarter around 6:45 p.m. — the power company is handing that one off, and blaming it on a fallen power line. (Which may or may not have fallen due to the exploding transformer.)
Mayor Lee, for what it's worth, punted in his own statement, calling for a full investigation in to the cause of both blackouts.
In ESPN's coverage below, the exploding transformer can be seen from the air around the 1:25 mark: