Deadly gas explosions rock Boston-area towns

Deadly gas explosions rock Boston-area towns

Deadly gas explosions rock Boston-area towns

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

"The follow through just was not there", Baker said. "We need to get on with this".

The National Transportation Safety Board have a team of investigators headed to the area, officials said. Gov. Charlie Baker later clarified that he thought the company's response was "adequate".

"We have no information to provide on causation", Schwartz said. "I don't think that anybody else managing this would've been further down the road than we are at the moment". Video showed roofs and walls consumed by flames that billowed thick black smoke.

Lawrence mayor Dan Rivera said "over-pressured gas valves", caused the explosions. As long as it takes.

Following the explosions over 60 properties caught fire.

"Right now, our efforts and attention are focused on the communities and people affected by this tragedy", AGA said.

A 2011 natural gas explosion killed five people in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and that state's largest gas utility was fined by regulators, who called the company's safety record "downright alarming".

"We took off. I said, 'Pack up, we're out of here, '" said Charest, who went with her 93-year old father and cat to a relative's home.

Flames rise from a house after a series of gas explosions in the city.

Andover's fire chief Mike Mansfield said: "It looked like Armageddon, it really did".

One house exploded, sending the chimney flying.

The fatality occured when a chimney collapsed onto a vehicle.

Authorities said Leonel Rondon, 18, of Lawrence, died Thursday after a chimney toppled by an exploding house crashed into his vehicle.

The victim, Leonel Robson of Lawrence, died after being rushed to hospital in Boston when a chimney from an exploding house crashed onto his vehicle on Thursday. Minutes later, Nam said he heard a loud boom from his neighbour's house and the ground shook.

Officials in the three municipalities were allowing people back into certain areas, often street by street.

The helicopter crew "likely prevented another catastrophic event", State Police said. "I have been in the fire service for nearly 39 years and I have never seen anything like this in my entire career".

"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.

Police told CNN earlier that the gas explosions set fire to dozens of blocks and forced evacuations for residents living in the three towns.

The blazes left 8,000 people unable to go home Thursday.

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

To assist with the recovery, the American Red Cross established shelters in Lawrence and Andover that also accommodate pets. "It's insane how this happened", said a friend, Cassandra Carrion.

He said in a tweet Thursday night that he had called the president of Columbia Gas "multiple times" to no avail.

"Columbia Gas company had announced earlier Thursday that it would be upgrading gas lines in neighborhoods across the state, including the area where the explosions happened".

A firefighter stands over the gas leak.

There will be no school today in Andover, Lawrence or North Andover.

Gas service had been interrupted for 250 customers in Lawrence last month due to a "hit line by a third party", according to Columbia Gas. The fire crews were from as far away as Foxborough and Oxford in central MA.

"We are not sure that's going to be anytime soon".

The explosions and emergency response caused Amtrak to cancel four train routes between Boston and Maine. Grateful to all our first responders working to help.

The officials said that they are investigating and ease out the pressure on the gas pipes.

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