Dead, Dozens Injured in Gas Explosions Near Boston, Mass.

Dead, Dozens Injured in Gas Explosions Near Boston, Mass.

The blasts on Thursday killed one person and left more than a dozen injured in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence - North of Boston - and stranded more than 18,000 homes and businesses without power, according to emergency officials.

"What we know is that there have been multiple explosions, multiple fires that are happening across the city", Rivera told WBZ-TV.

Thursday evening, homes erupted in flames across the three towns, consumed by more than 60 suspected gas fires.

"The follow through just was not there", Baker said.

As pressure mounted Friday for gas company officials to provide answers about what happened, Sens.

"We are sorry", he said. Recent deliveries to the local distribution company from Tennessee Gas Pipeline "have been around 10,000 MMBtu, or 0.01 Bcf/d".

Columbia Gas posted an online note shortly after the first explosions that read: "Crews are now responding to reports of multiple fires in Lawrence, MA".

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

The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team to help investigate the disaster in a state where some of the aging gas pipeline system dates to the 1860s...

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency blamed the fires on gas lines that had become over-pressurised, but officials who responded to the area were still investigating the cause.

"Good thing I wasn't home or I wouldn't be talking about it", she said outside an elementary school in Lawrence that the Red Cross had converted into a shelter for about 170 people.

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Those driven from their homes "should expect that the restoration process will take several days or longer", Andrew Maylor, the town manager of North Andover, said on Twitter.

MA has seen more than $20 million in damages caused by gas pipeline incidents in the last 20 years, according to federal data.

In the same news conference, Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera ripped into Columbia.

Columbia Gas of MA, a NiSource company, in an update posted to its website at 11:10 a.m. Friday, said, "What happened in the Merrimack Valley.was a tragic incident". Hours before the explosions, the company had unveiled plans to upgrade gas lines across MA, including in the areas where the blasts happened. Shares of NiSource plunged as much as 11 percent to $25.03 at 10:22 NY, the biggest intraday drop since November 2008. "Our thoughts are with everyone affected by today's incident". We will support you and your family.

A spokesman for the Andover Police Department says residents in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover whose homes are serviced by Columbia Gas were urged to evacuate on Thursday afternoon.

The 18-year-old man, named Leonel Rondon, was inside a auto in Lawrence, Massachusetts, when a chimney fell on the vehicle, said Carrie Kimball-Monahan, a spokeswoman with the Essex County District Attorney's office, reported CNN.

At least six people have been admitted to a hospital in Lawrence with fire-related injuries, including two in critical condition, according to reports.

"Replacing leak-prone infrastructure is a leading priority", the utility said in April. "And God forbid you go to sleep and not wake up tomorrow".

"Utility technicians must do their jobs in order to make sure everyone has a safe place to return to", Baker said.

Gas lines fall under the NTSB's jurisdiction.

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