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Power is back on throughout Somerville

Posted by Matt Byrne  July 20, 2011 11:20 AM

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All power has been restored in Somerville today, after a tripped circuit breaker cut electricity for about 9,000 customers in the city, a utility spokesman said.

Power was restored at 12:35 p.m., said Michael Durand, NSTAR spokesman, in a phone interview. Maintenance work at the Mystic substation in Everett caused several circuit breakers to trip about 10 a.m., Durand said, which eventually led to a smaller, local power switches on Bow Street and School Street to react.

The eastern portion of the city was hit the hardest by the failure, said Michael Meehan, city spokesman, in a brief phone interview this morning.

In addition to Somerville, Durand said the outage severed service to about 36,000 customers across Charlestown and Cambridge, but that figure was later downgraded to 9,000.

Some media outlets were reporting the outtage was triggered by a worker who was badly hurt at an NSTAR station in Everett, which Durand refuted.

Firefighters were called to Alford Street in Everett twice -- at 10 a.m. and then 35 minutes later -- "for some wire burnings," according to Steve MacDonald, Boston Fire Department spokesman.

At the first call MacDonald said there was a "minor injury from an electrical shock," but the worker was not transported to the hospital, he said. No one was reported injured at the second call. 

Globe correspondent Jaime Lutz contributed to this report.

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