10,000 left without electricity; Worcester, Westboro affected separately.


About 10,000 National Grid customers in Westboro and Worcester lost power yesterday for about an hour and a half in separate incidents, neither apparently related to the heat according to the utility company.

In Worcester about 8,000 customers were without power from 5 to 6:25 p.m. after a problem at the Glendale substation prompted the disruption.

Debbie Drew, National Grid spokeswoman, said the cause was still being investigated but was unlikely related to yesterday's temperatures that soared past the mid-90s.

The Westboro outage came just after 3 p.m. and affected about 2,000 National Grid customers, most in the downtown area including several businesses and the police headquarters, which switched to its emergency generator.

Several downtown businesses were closed during the power failure, including The Red Barn Coffee Roasters and...

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