Massachusetts :70 gas explosions hit Boston, Homes destroyed

Boston, Sep 14: More than 70 gas explosions occurred simultaneously triggered by a natural gas pipeline rupture, rocked three communities and destroyed homes resulting in emergency evacuations in the US city of Boston. State police has received between 60 and 100 reports of structure fires and gas explosions in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover, spurring neighboring fire and police departments to send officers to help.

  • Dozens of explosions and fires are affecting four towns north of Boston, Massachusetts
  • Panicked neighborhoods evacuate for gas run homes in Lawrence, Andover, North Andover and Merrimack River
  • Explosions caused by problem with a gas line
  • Columbia Gas, a unit of NiSource Inc, had announced for the upgradation of gas lines in neighborhoods across the state, including the area where the explosions occurred.

One person has died while many are injured as crews scrambled to douse the flames and shut off gas and electric lines to prevent further damage.

A scene of chaos is witnessed after a  natural gas leak fiasco sparked fires in at least 60 homes throughout northeast Massachusetts communities, killing a man, causing explosions, and creating widespread “Armageddon,” police and local officials said Thursday. Over 60  homes and other buildings have been demolished or engulfed in flames.

And hours later after an afternoon of fiery chaos turned into a night of eerie darkness with power shut off for thousands — officials were still unsure exactly what caused the blasts.

Eighteen-year-old Leonel Robson of Lawrence, Mass., was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital at 8:30 p.m. ET, after a chimney from a house explosion in Lawrence fell on the car he was in, the Essex County District Attorney’s office said.

His was the only fatality reported so far in the fires that broke out Thursday across a wide swath of Lawrence, as well as in the towns of Andover and North Andover.

Fire investigators suspected “over-pressurization of a gas main” belonging to Columbia Gas of Massachusetts led to the series of explosions and fires, Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield said at a news conference.

Columbia Gas, a unit of NiSource Inc, had announced for the upgradation of gas lines in neighborhoods across the state, including the area where the explosions occurred.

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