Series of suspected gas explosion rocks 40 homes in US, 1 killed

The authorities said that an issue with gas service may have prompted several explosions in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover

Published: 14th September 2018 03:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th September 2018 03:37 PM   |  A+A-

In this image take from video provided by WCVB in Boston, flames consume the roof of a home in Lawrence, Mass, a suburb of Boston. (AP)


WASHINGTON: One person was killed after a series of suspected gas explosions and subsequent fires rocked nearly 40 homes and businesses in three US towns, authorities said.

The authorities said that an issue with gas service may have prompted several explosions in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover late Thursday afternoon, leaving at least 10 people injured, reports CNN.

The fires stretched across dozens of blocks, Massachusetts State Police said.

Not all gas had been shut off by Thursday evening and some of the lines were over-pressurised, officials said.

"This has been an overwhelming event," Andover Fire Rescue Chief Michael B. Mansfield told reporters.

"I have been in the fire service for almost 39 years and I have never seen anything like this in my entire career..."

There was no immediate information available about the extent of the damage.

Firefighters put out 35 fires in Andover, town officials said. The cities are north of Boston.

Officials shut down power in the three town because of the emergency, state police said on Thursday evening. About 18,000 customers were without power.

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  • badri narayanan poondi

    What could have happened due to a maintenance / operational lapse could also happen due to sabotage in an emerging society where crimes of local radical groups
    1 year ago reply
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