Teen dead as gas explosions rock USA towns

Nearly 40 fires and explosions erupt in Massachusetts

1 dead, 12 injured after 70 fires, gas explosions reported in US; three towns evacuated

He wanted three things from the utility company. State police are reporing 70 fires and gas explosions were reported today.

"We are sorry", he said.

Pipeline work before the explosions creates "a higher potential for a financial impact to the utility", CreditSights Inc. analysts Nick Moglia and Andy DeVries said in a note to clients Friday.

Residents of all three towns who use Columbia Gas were told to leave their houses immediately as was anyone else who smelt gas.

At least 10 people have been reportedly injured in the incidents that may have resulted from an issue with gas service, officials said. One of those patients, who was in critical condition, was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Those with minor injuries were treated and released. Elizabeth Warren have called for Senate hearings into the explosions.

"Everybody's got the spotlights turned on, and the spotlight's on Columbia".

"I couldn't imagine if that was my house", he said.

"People need to get out of this area safely", he said at the time. (They) actually just don't fit with this kind of emergency. It was not immediately clear if any of those were from Andover.

"We will lift up every stone looking for resources", Tsongas added.

Columbia had announced earlier Thursday that it would be upgrading gas lines in neighborhoods across the state, including the area where the explosions happened. "If you have gas service to your house or business please exit the building until further notice". Lawrence resident Ra Nam told WCVB that a boiler in his house caught fire.

Not all gas had been shut off by Thursday evening and some of the lines were overpressurized, officials said. He says he quickly grabbed a fire extinguisher and put it out.

"We have no information to provide on causation", Schwartz said.

Those driven from their homes "should expect that the restoration process will take several days or longer", Andrew Maylor, the town manager of North Andover, said on Twitter. Andover, North Andover and Lawrence projects were included. An up-to-date list of safe streets can be found on the town websites.

The blasts on Thursday destroyed scores of homes and other buildings in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence, left more than 18,000 homes and businesses without power and forced thousands of people from their homes.

"You don't know if your house is going to go up or your apartment", he said.

Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera has ordered all residents to evacuate the southern section of the city. "We have started in the most dense neighborhoods".

Entire neighbourhoods were being evacuated in Lawrence. Those items, along with Ziploc bags, can specifically be delivered to the Lawrence Senior Center. But Rivera criticized the gas utility for poor communications and accused the company of "hiding from the problem".

Columbia Gas said in its statement: "What happened in the Merrimack Valley [Thursday] was a tragic incident". The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration was in the area by Thursday night.

The State Fire Marshal's Office and the FBI are involved in the investigation, and the National Transportation Safety Board also plans to send a team on Friday.

NiSource shares fell more than 9 per cent on Friday morning. Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Niki Tsongas and local officials. Most were still waiting, shaken and exhausted, to be allowed to return to their homes.

"This is still very much an active scene", he said.

At least a dozen people have been injured in the explosions and fires. Stay in the light. "Lawrence is one community".

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