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Default Multiple Gas Explosions In Lawrence, Andover And North Andover

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Residents in three communities north of Boston are being asked to evacuate their homes after there were dozens of explosions and fires.

An issue with a high pressure gas main has affected Lawrence, North Andover and Andover. Anyone who has gas service from Columbia Gas is being told to leave their homes until further notice. Teams will be going block by block to evacuate the affected areas.

Massachusetts State Police say gas lines are currently being depressurized by the company. Power has been shut off in the three communities as a precaution.

Emergency crews have responded to at least 70 addresses for fires, explosions or the investigation of gas odor.

There were a total of 35 fires in Andover alone. All fires have been extinguished, but at peak, 18 fires were burning at the same time. At least three people have been injured in Andover, including one firefighter and at least two civilians.

Governor Charlie Baker says he communicating with safety officials. “The administration urges residents to heed instructions from local officials for important public safety announcements, including evacuations and suspending gas usage,” Gov. Baker’s spokeswoman said.
All off-ramps on I-495 from Exits 41 through 45 in the area are closed. On ramps remain open to allow evacuation.
The FBI says they are also investigating the explosions. “We are coordinating with our law enforcement partners as expected and personnel are on scene, as we normally would be in a situation like this to assess the situation,” the FBI said in a statement.
more https://boston.cbslocal.com/2018/09/...ions-gas-main/

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