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Closing the loop on that bizarre Columbus scoreboard fire

May 2, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

Crew scoreboard fire

There are so precious few things in life we can truly count. Fortunately, “Getting through the weekend without any scoreboards catching fire …” was one of them. Was, that is.

Until last week, of course, when the Crew Stadium scoreboard erupted in flames, causing a delay of almost an hour in the Columbus Crew-D.C. United match.

The club now says its scoreboard and videoboard are functioning normally and should be good to go for Saturday’s visit from Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls. The match is on NBC Sports Network.

There was previous concern that the videoboard had been damaged by water used to extinguish Saturday’s odd blaze, but those concerns have apparently been allayed.

There is apparently some damaged to the sound system; Crew president Mark McCullers says auxiliary sound will be added to remedy that issue.

Fire investigators with the city of Columbus said this week that an electrical issue in the speaker portion of the scoreboard caused the blaze. The Columbus Dispatch has more details on the cause in the piece linked.

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