City Councilor Tim McCarthy says a burned-out power conduit is why Roslindale Square and surrounding areas have had numerous power failures recently. He said NStar is now aware of the problem and that city officials have impressed on the utility the need to do something about it, although he did not have a specific date for a permanent fix.
A manhole on Dorchester Avenue near Bay Street went FOOM into the night. Residents for blocks around had their lights flicker and their electronic devices show their resentment. One resident a couple blocks away reported hearing a loud thud; she thought at first her downstairs neighbor had slammed the door.
Meanwhile, lights went out from Uphams Corner down to the area of Blue Hill Avenue... Read more
Around 10:18 p.m., people from the Rhode island line to North Chelmsford reported their lights flickered. Around the same time, people in Allston reported "a HUGE explosion" and "a massive flash of light in the sky."
BPD and BFD are investigating a report of a possible explosion at an NStar substation off Alcott Street in Allston.
UPDATE, 10:40 p.m.: BFD found no... Read more
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports an epidemic of non-working street lights on Hanover is spreading to other streets, and that city officials suspect the problem is the wiring can support either street lights or Christmas lights, but not both.
UPDATE: At 9:53 p.m., Joanna Carvalho tweeted her power - and heat - was still out in JP.
NStar is currently estimating 7 p.m. for a fix to power outages in Jamaica Plain, Dorchester and Roslindale, the city reports.
That can't come soon enough for Maura O'Toole in Jamaica Plain:
It's cold and dark being told 7:30 - so power will have... Read more
At least along River Street. The lights went out around 6:15 p.m., Sybil Johnson reports. As of 6:55 p.m., NStar reported nearly 1,300 customers without power in Boston.
WBUR explains what it has to do with New England's reliance on natural gas.
At 9:24 p.m., John Hawkinson tweeted:
Lights flickered at 9:21pm in Cambridge (MIT). Anyone else? I hear Porter, too?
Reports poured in from the South Shore, Brighton, Dorchester, the Back Bay, Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, South Boston, Medford, Plymouth, Salem, Brookline and Natick of light flickering around the same time. Even Martha's Vineyard checked in. Flickering happened in Topsfield, too. Here at... Read more
As of 10 p.m., parts of Roslindale, Hyde Park, Roxbury and Dorchester were without power.
Parts of the western side of South Boston went dark when a manhole on West 1 St. between B and C went kablooie. NStar was unable to provide an estimate for when workers could get down there for a look.
Firefighters responded to 320 W. 2 St., where... Read more
And it wasn't even all that warm.
From West Roxbury to East Boston, Nstar cables and transformers failed last night, plunging residents into steamy darkness.
"Faulty equipment" sparked an outage in the Centre Street corridor from West Roxbury into Jamaica Plain last night.
On Prescott Street in East Boston, Kathy Bui reports power went out around midnight, finally came back around 5:30 p.m.
The City Council on Wednesday considers a request by Councilor and mayoral candidate Mike Ross for a hearing to grill NStar officials about the Sunday blackout, which he said came "despite assurances of safety upgrades and additional installation of materials to prevent future outages" following last year's transformer explosion and... Read more
And the Pru tunnel on the turnpike is reopened. But Lower Allston takes its turn his morning going without power.
UPDATE: Power began coming back along Boylston Street and Commonwealth Avenue around 9 a.m.; BPD was maintaining officers in the area just in case.
The Back Bay and parts of the South End and Fenway went dark again overnight in its second major blackout in a little more than a year, when an underground cable feeding the Scotia Street substation failed around 3:15 a.m.
That's... Read more
Along the VFW Parkway from the Dedham line to Bertuccis and from the area around South and Walter streets through Washington and Metropolitan down to the Mattapan line along American Legion, as well as the area along Washington to Forest Hills.
UPDATE: Power, at least in Roslindale, started coming back on around midnight.... Read more