'It looked like Armageddon:' 1 dead, 10 injured in Boston explosions

Teenager killed as 'gas explosions' set homes ablaze

Teenager killed as 'gas explosions' set homes ablaze

A series of gas explosions has ignited fires in dozens of homes in MA - killing one person and injuring at least 12 others.

Leonel Rondon, from Lawrence, Mass., was sitting inside a auto when an explosion toppled a chimney that crashed into that vehicle, officials said.

All Columbia Gas customers in South Lawrence, Andover and North Andover were told to evacuate their homes.

Neighborhoods across three communities were forced to evacuate as crews attempted to douse the flames and shut off gas and electric lines to prevent further damage.

Hours before the explosions, the company had unveiled plans to upgrade gas lines across MA, including in the areas where the blasts happened. Andover, North Andover and Lawrence projects were included.

Massachusetts State Police said a total of 70 fires, explosions or investigations of gas odour had been reported. "Make plans for at least between now and this time tomorrow", Rivera said early Friday.

The injured are being treated at Lawrence General Hospital and two people are said to be in a critical condition.

Fire investigators suspect "over-pressurization of a gas main" led to the series of blasts and fires, Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield said at a news conference.

"We are asking everybody with gas in their homes to leave their homes until further notice", North Andover town manager Andrew Maylor told one local television station.

Town officials in Andover are advising all residents and businesses to evacuate and to shut off their gas, if they know how to safely.


Solomon - who noted there were no fires in Methuen but the town's first responders aided areas in need - said that in Lawrence alone, there were roughly 20 to 25 homes on fire.

The state police said gas lines are now being depressurized by the company but warned that may take some time.

"Gas lines are now being depressurised", police said on Twitter, adding that "it will take some time".

Columbia Gas, a unit of utility NiSource Inc, is investigating, NISource spokesman Ken Stammen said on Thursday.

It is not clear whether maintenance work was happening at the time of the blasts. "What we need folks to do is that if it's happening in your home, you have a amusing smell, just evacuate, come out to the street", he said. The town of 35,000 residents is about 26 miles (40 kilometers) north of Boston near the New Hampshire border.

"It was very scary", she said.

"Right now, we're just trying to keep people safe". Lawrence, the largest of them, is a majority Latino city with a population of about 80,000. Please head the warning of @MassStatePolice and @ColumbiaGasMA and evacuate, as should anyone who smells gas.

"We're going to get through this together", Mayor Dan Rivera told reporters as emergency lights illuminated smoke in the night sky nearby.

- A buildup of natural gas triggered an explosion and fire that killed seven people in apartments in Silver Spring, Maryland, in 2016.

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