Back Bay Blackout

The fire was caused by a transformer explosion in a garage on Dalton Street in the Back Bay. (credit: Boston Fire Dept.)
Back Bay Blackout The fire was caused by a transformer explosion in a garage on Dalton Street in the Back Bay. (credit: Boston Fire Dept.)
The fire was caused by a transformer explosion in a garage on Dalton Street in the Back Bay. (credit: Boston Fire Dept.)
Back Bay Blackout The fire was caused by a transformer explosion in a garage on Dalton Street in the Back Bay. (credit: Boston Fire Dept.)
The blackout was caused by a transformer explosion in a garage on Dalton Street in the Back Bay. (Photo courtesy: Boston Fire)
Back Bay Blackout The blackout was caused by a transformer explosion in a garage on Dalton Street in the Back Bay. (Photo courtesy: Boston Fire)
The blackout was caused by a transformer explosion in a garage on Dalton Street in the Back Bay. This is the view from Skyeye4 Tuesday evening.
Back Bay Blackout The blackout was caused by a transformer explosion in a garage on Dalton Street in the Back Bay. This is the view from Skyeye4 Tuesday evening.
The fire was caused by a transformer explosion in a garage on Dalton Street in the Back Bay. (credit: Boston Fire Dept.)
Back Bay Blackout The fire was caused by a transformer explosion in a garage on Dalton Street in the Back Bay. (credit: Boston Fire Dept.)
The fire was caused by a transformer explosion in a garage on Dalton Street in the Back Bay. (credit: Boston Fire Dept.)
Back Bay Blackout The fire was caused by a transformer explosion in a garage on Dalton Street in the Back Bay. (credit: Boston Fire Dept.)
Boston firefighters used a saw to cut through a garage door after the transformer explosion. (Photo by Bernice Corpuz)
Back Bay Blackout Boston firefighters used a saw to cut through a garage door after the transformer explosion. (Photo by Bernice Corpuz)
The fire was caused by a transformer explosion in a garage on Dalton Street in the Back Bay. (credit: Boston Fire Dept.)
Back Bay Blackout The fire was caused by a transformer explosion in a garage on Dalton Street in the Back Bay. (credit: Boston Fire Dept.)
Boston firefighters after successfully putting out the the fire on Dalton Street. (credit: Boston Fire Dept.)
Back Bay Blackout Boston firefighters after successfully putting out the the fire on Dalton Street. (credit: Boston Fire Dept.)
Firefighters get their gear hosed down after fighting the transformer fire in the Back Bay. (credit: Boston Fire Dept.)
Back Bay Blackout Firefighters get their gear hosed down after fighting the transformer fire in the Back Bay. (credit: Boston Fire Dept.)
Back Bay Blackout
Back Bay Blackout
The Boston skyline from Cambridge early Wednesday morning during the blackout. (Photo by Bernice Corpuz)
Back Bay Blackout
Back Bay Blackout
The view from the 9th floor of the Hilton DoubleTree at 400 Soldiers Field Road a little after 7 p.m. Tuesday. (Photo courtesy: Karen Kingsley)
Back Bay Blackout
Back Bay Blackout
The view from the 9th floor of the Hilton DoubleTree at 400 Soldiers Field Road a little after 7 p.m. Tuesday. (Photo courtesy: Karen Kingsley)
The lights were still out in the Prudential Center at sunrise Wednesday.
Back Bay Blackout The lights were still out in the Prudential Center at sunrise Wednesday.
6 portable generators on flatbeds from New York arrived at NStar's site Wednesday morning (Photo by Chris Gobeille)
Back Bay Blackout 6 portable generators on flatbeds from New York arrived at NStar's site Wednesday morning (Photo by Chris Gobeille)
This intersection on Huntington Ave. was one of about 100 without traffic lights Wednesday.
Back Bay Blackout This intersection on Huntington Ave. was one of about 100 without traffic lights Wednesday.
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One Comment

  1. Brian Snyder says:

    Bill,
    it bothers me when people blow things out of proportions, such as your cover of the transformer fire. These things wear out the same as any piece of machinery. I know they leave behind a lot of people in the dark, but here in Nova Scotia all our equipment is old and transformers blow and it is not unusual. I would say that your power company is letting there equipment wear out to the max and you are going to see a lot more of that in the future. You hear of little transformers on poles in neighbourhoods going with a bang and sheet of flame, and nobody pays much attention, now your bigger ones are starting. This summer in the heat, you watch, more big ones will go. The mayor should make the power company do statistical checks of maintenance of the equipment and start replacing old and outdated equipment, because you are a growing city and it is only going to be more load and heat on the old equipment that was not meant to handle that continuous load .Good luck with that lol

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