Gas explosions in Massachusetts caused chaos: 1 dead, 25 wounded (updated)

As a result of several explosions of gas in the suburbs of Boston (mA) 1 person killed, another 25 were wounded, and thousands of people were forced to evacuate.

The incident occurred on the night of September 14 in the three communities North of Boston, Andover, North Andover and Lawrence. The victim was 18-year-old Leonel Rondon, who died when vposledsvii of the explosion on his car fell down a chimney, a spokesman for Massachusetts General Hospital.

MSP Fusion Center has current updated tally of responses to fires/explosions/investigations of gas odor at 70. Spread over a wide swath of south #Lawrence and northern part of #NorthAndover with several others across Merrimack River in north Lawrence.

— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) September 13, 2018

«It was definitely a tough day,» said Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker at a press conference on the occasion of the accident.

According to police in Massachusetts, they received 60 to 100 reports of structural fires and gas explosions.

UPDATE: Lawrence General Hospital in Massachusetts is treating 10 patients after a series of gas explosions, fires. One patient transferred to another hospital.

“Cases range from smoke inhalation to traumatic blast injuries,” the hospital said on Facebook.

— ABC News (@ABC) September 14, 2018

What is known at this time (4:00, 14 September):

  • The problem is probably linked to excess pressure in the pipeline.
  • About 8 thousand customers of Columbia Gas were immediately evacuated from their homes.
  • Happened 3 60-80 explosion and fires, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
  • At the scene arrived firemen and police from all over Eastern Massachusetts and southern new Hampshire.
  • Movement by rail on the Haverhill line suspended to the North of Wilmington.

Residents of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover can call 211 for more information.