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.
Confirmed fires/explosions plotted on map by MSP Watch Center. As seen, incidents are across a wide swath of dozens of blocks across Lawrence and North Andover. pic.twitter.com/0GoLK0Q94q
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) September 13, 2018
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.”
No surprise there,Mass. has some of the oldest cast iron utility piping. They’ve been working on the electrical infrastructure, but it’s little little and a little too late, crooked politicians are too busy using the money for themselves. God protect those folks.
— Gary R Jordan (@GaryRJordan) September 13, 2018
Please keep all families, and first responders in your thoughts and prayers. I lost everything in an apt fire on 3/30/18. I feel Thier pain.
— Dad (@Mytoy1969Dad) September 13, 2018
Prayer’s being said for the safety off all the families and first responders and anyone else that is out there helping to get these fires out.
— Rubys Rescue (@RubysRescue) September 13, 2018
How can this happen? Aren’t the gas line checked and scanned every year to prevent that?
— François-Régis Delatour (gaulois têtu) (@DelatourRegis) September 13, 2018
Yeah this is weird why would they be exploding in random scattered locations?
— Terri (@Lovemypupper) September 13, 2018
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