Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

18-year-old killed when exploded chimney falls on auto

18-year-old killed when exploded chimney falls on auto

The three communities house more than 146,000 residents and are located about 42 kilometres north of Boston.

Ken Stammen, a NiSource spokesman, said in an email he could not confirm the details cited in the analyst note. We are saddened to learn of the death of a young man as a result of these events. "Our thoughts are with everyone affected by today's incident".

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency for the area while expressing frustration with the utility company whose gas pipeline exploded. "This event will probably go on. probably another week, a week and a half", he said.

Gas service had been interrupted for 250 customers in Lawrence last month due to a "hit line by a third party", according to Columbia Gas.

More than three dozen homes went up in flames Monday when fires and explosions erupted in northern MA in what were believed to be gas-related incidents, authorities said. All anyone could point to was a notice posted on the gas company's website Thursday morning which said they were going to be doing some work in the neighborhood.

He said in a tweet Thursday night that he had called the president of Columbia Gas "multiple times" to no avail.

An 18-year-old man died when a chimney toppled by an explosion fell on his vehicle in the city of Lawrence, according to the North Andover newspaper, The Eagle-Tribune.

In 2014, a gas explosion in New York City's East Harlem neighborhood killed eight people and injured about 50.

Fire and smoke billowing out of a home in Boston, in the U.S. state of MA.

"It looked like Armageddon, it really did", Andover Fire Rescue Chief Michael B. Mansfield said. Six people were being treated at Lawrence General Hospital, spokeswoman Jill McDonald Halsey said.

"I've been in the fire service for nearly 39 years and I've never seen anything like this in my entire career". He said there are so many fires "you can't even see the sky".

State police now puts the tally of fires and explosions at 70, up from the 39 initially reported, with the number expected to grow.

Clearly, whatever went wrong here involved Columbia Gas.

North Andover police drove through the downtown area to warn residents to evacuate their homes if they smelled gas and diverted officers to Lawrence to assist.

State Police said it was "far too early to speculate" on the cause of the incidents.

Authorities said all of the fires had been extinguished overnight and the situation was stabilizing.

The US Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said it was dispatching a team to support the state's emergency response efforts, an agency spokesperson said on Thursday.

One incident may have been prevented by a State Police helicopter crew.

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera estimated there are between 20 and 25 fires across the city, according to WCVB.

Crews work to knock down a fire in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on Thursday.

State police said any residents of the area with Columbia Gas service to their house should "evacuate immediately". "Safety is our top priority", it said.

Those who needed to pick up important items like medicine from home were being transported by Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority.

Authorities late Friday had not said when residents would be allowed to return to their homes.

The November 2012 explosion in Springfield, Massachusetts, was caused when a Columbia employee accidentally punctured a gas line while probing for a leak. "It's very bad for the people affected, but a pretty small impact in terms of the gas market". "Everyone wants answers. And we deserve them", Moulton said. "This is the sort of thing a gas distribution company hopes to never have".

"Whatever the demand is tonight, the communities will meet those needs", he said.

Utilities including Eversource were sending technicians and equipment to help inspect all the gaslines in the affected areas.

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