Multiple Explosions, Fires Reported In Massachusetts; First Responders Overwhelmed (WATCH LIVE)

Emergency crews are responding to reports of multiple gas-related explosions and fires in three communities in the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts this afternoon.

Massachusetts State Police said they have confirmed responses to more than 20 different addresses in the three communities for fires, explosions or investigations. 

There is no word yet on whether anyone has been injured.

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Breaking 911:

Essex County, Massachusetts — First responders were overwhelmed as apparent gas explosions were ripping through homes in three Massachusetts towns Thursday. At least 20 explosions have been reported.

Massive home explosions and fire were reported in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. Police were also receiving numerous cal reporting the odor of gas.

Officials in North Andover have officially ordered an evacuation for the entire town.

Officials believe the cause was an over pressurization of a gas line which caused ruptures in multiple homes leading to leaks, explosions, and fires.

“Residents in the affected towns of Lawrence/North Andover/Andover who have gas service from Columbia Gas should evacuate their homes immediately,” police said. “Gas lines are currently being depressurized by the company it will take some time.” Adding, it’s “far too early to speculate on cause.”

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