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Boston Power Outage

March 14, 2012 by staff 

Boston Power Outage, Thousands remained without power in Boston on Wednesday morning after a transformer fire caused a massive blackout on Tuesday night, forcing tourists and Bostonians to flee onto eerily darkened streets beneath thick black smoke.

The three-alarm fire in Boston’s congested Back Bay neighborhood cut power to hundreds of residences, businesses and hotels, disrupted public transport and briefly prompted authorities to urge residents to stay indoors because of fears of toxic fumes.

Power was restored to about 10,000 customers overnight, with another 11,000 still in the dark, according to NSTAR, the electric utility.

NSTAR expects full restoration to take into the evening hours. The utility was relying on generators brought in from across New England and New York.

“Our focus right now is getting customers back online,” said NSTAR spokesman Michael Durand. “When that’s complete, then we’ll turn our focus to the cause.”

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