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Transformer fire causes major blackout in Boston

Scott Eisen / Reuters

Pedestrians are shown on Boylston Steet after a transformer fire sent black smoke into streets and plunged parts of the city into darkness in the Back Bay section of downtown Boston on March 13. A three alarm fire caused power problems as citizens were warned to avoid the area avoid breathing the smoke according to officials.

Scott Eisen / Reuters

An police officer wears a protective mask as he helps load city buses after a transformer fire sent black smoke into streets and plunged parts of the city into darkness in the Back Bay section of downtown Boston on March 13. A three alarm fire caused power problems as citizens were warned to avoid the area avoid breathing the smoke according to officials.

Scott Eisen / Reuters

A police officer helps load city buses after a transformer fire sent black smoke into streets and plunged parts of the city into darkness in the Back Bay section of downtown Boston on March 13. A three alarm fire caused power problems as citizens were warned to avoid the area avoid breathing the smoke according to officials.

 From AP:

BOSTON (AP) - A smoky electrical transformer fire on Tuesday forced emergency crews to shut off power to a large swath of the city's Back Bay section, plunging neighborhoods familiar to tourists from Kenmore Square to the edge of the Boston Public Garden into darkness.

There were no immediate reports of serious injuries, but streets in and around the area were shut down, and hotels, bars and some homes were evacuated. Subway trains were not stopping at stations in the area. Massachusetts Turnpike exits leading to the area were closed.

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