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Friday, 14 September 2018 - 10:47
Gas Explosion Ignites Dozens of Homes North of Boston
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Dozens of explosions apparently triggered by a natural gas pipeline rupture rocked three communities near Boston Thursday, injuring at least 10 people and prompting the evacuation of hundreds, local officials said. One person has died.

Live TV images showed firefighters battling blazes in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, around 25 miles (40 km) north of the Massachusetts capital. The streets were darkened after utility crews cut off electricity and began shutting down gas service to the area to prevent further blasts.

At least three people, including one firefighter, were hurt in Andover, the town said in a statement. Ten people were being treated at Lawrence General Hospital, spokeswoman Jill McDonald Halsey said. It was not immediately clear if any of those were from Andover.
Leonel Rondon, 18, of Lawrence, died after a chimney toppled by an exploding house crashed into his car, authorities said. He was rushed to a Boston hospital but pronounced dead Thursday evening.

The Boston affiliate of CBS News reported that two of the six patients at Lawrence hospital were in critical condition.

By late Thursday, all of the fires had been doused but many areas remained silent and dark after residents fled and power companies cut electricity to prevent further fires. Schools in all three communities were canceled for Friday, and some schools were being used as shelters for residents. (Voice of America)
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