Boston neighbourhoods evacuated as gas blasts destroy homes

Teenager killed as 'gas explosions' set homes ablaze

"Our thoughts are with everyone affected by today's incident". "We have had similar issues on a much smaller scale". We are grateful for the community's patience, as well as the tremendous support we have received from our first responder and law enforcement partners. Gas service was shut down by the company to roughly 8,000 customers.

Gas utilities have come under heightened scrutiny in recent years for an aging network of pipelines that critics say are not being properly inspected and maintained, posing a growing risk to public safety. He later died at the hospital, authorities said. CBS Boston reported that Columbia Gas was doing work in the area earlier on Thursday.

Investigators suspected that over-pressurisation of a gas main belonging to Columbia Gas of MA led to the series of explosions and fires, Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield said on Thursday.

The state police tweeted that local authorities and state troopers were helping evacuate residents to a senior center and a middle school while detectives and others investigated multiple scenes.

Nearly 18,000 customers had been left without power because of the emergency switch-offs, according to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. The blast levelled the Scores Gentleman's Club, injuring about 20 people and damaging dozens of other buildings.

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

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

At least three people, including one firefighter, were hurt in Andover, the town said in a statement, but it was unclear whether any of those individuals were among the patients treated in Lawrence, some of whom were later released. He said there were so many fires "you can't even see the sky".

Emergency response workers from surrounding communities worked through the night to help extinguish fires and care for the injured. "However, it will take a number of years to eliminate the aging pipe from the gas distribution system".

Harrison Smith: Aaron Rodgers 'can put the ball wherever he wants'
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that Rodgers will again work off to the side with the rehab group during practice. The latter makes more sense if we're being honest. "We know he's playing", Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen said.

Which to buy: iPhone Xs vs iPhone Xs Max
Now users can also manually adjust the level of depth on the bokeh from portrait mode which was missing from previous iPhones . The former flagship, as well as the iPhone SE and the iPhone 6s, have all been removed from Apple's website - discontinued.

McConnell predicts Senate vote on Kavanaugh in last week of September
Their hope is that two Republican senators who support abortion rights could break from their party and vote against him. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said, "running for president is no excuse for violating the rules of the Senate".

Massachusetts State Police say officials will be shutting off power to all residents in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.

Before gas explosions in MA sent its shares reeling on Friday, utility NiSource Inc (NI.N) was considered a secure play and its top investor was loading up on shares as part of a push into what it called "the safest, most defensive sector in the S&P 500".

"It's definitely a scary situation at the moment", he said.

The Columbia Gas company had announced early on Thursday that it would be upgrading gas lines in neighbourhoods across the state, including the area where the explosions happened.

Gov. Charlie Baker said state and local authorities are investigating but that it could take days or weeks before they turn up answers.

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

Massachusetts State Police urged all residents with homes serviced by Columbia Gas in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover to evacuate, snarling traffic and causing widespread confusion as residents and local officials struggled to understand what was happening.

Trooper Eric Fairchild, who is the mission's tactical flight officer, was using the helicopter's Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) camera when he noticed something under the pavement at the intersection of Broadway and Andover Street. The flight crew then advised the Lawrence Fire Department, and firefighters "responded and discovered a major gas leak under the pavement".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Weinstein Accuser Releases Video In Which She Was Reportedly Groped
Sep 14, 2018 - 01:16
Thompson to bolster her position in a civil lawsuit seeking money". "Any suggestion of sexual misconduct is false". Instead, Thompson says, he took her to his hotel room where he raped her. "He corned me, over and over again".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nintendo Online paid service starts next week, Nintendo Direct tomorrow
Sep 14, 2018 - 00:43
Native voice chat was incorporated into the port of Fortnite , so we know it's at least possible with the Switch . The much anticipated online gaming service for the popular Nintendo Switch has a start date: September 18.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Bakersfield Shooting Spree: 6 Dead, Including Gunman, in Possible 'Domestic Violence Incident'
Sep 14, 2018 - 00:42
Mark King of the Kern County Sheriff's Office says that police believe that the shooting was a case of domestic violence . Investigators are still trying to piece together how five victims of a mass shooting in Bakersfield are connected.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Russians charged in poisoning say they visited United Kingdom as tourists
Sep 14, 2018 - 00:42
A woman in a nearby town later died after her partner brought home a discarded counterfeit perfume bottle containing the poison. British intelligence services say the names are likely aliases, used for a mission in which they failed to kill Skripal.

Skripal poisoning suspects not criminals: Putin
Sep 13, 2018 - 01:51
Putin also said that if the poison used were really a chemical warfare agent, death would have been instantaneous. Putin and Russian Federation have vehemently denied having anything to do with the poisoning.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pressure Mounts On Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski To Block Brett Kavanaugh
Sep 13, 2018 - 01:23
The group said it will return all funds to donors if Collins votes against Kavanaugh. "We won't let it stifle us". Republicans have the 51 votes needed to confirm the judge if senators act along party lines.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Florence Moves Toward the Carolinas
Sep 13, 2018 - 00:55
The latest projections of Florence, now a Category 4 storm , show it shifting south putting Georgia in its possible path. In the Wilmington area, Florence could batter the coast with 140 miles per hour winds and more than 20 inches of rain.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Flight 93 'Tower of Voices' Memorial Dedicated on Eve of 9/11 Anniversary
Sep 12, 2018 - 01:42
If not political speeches, some victims' relatives made appeals to patriotism and support for the military and first responders as they read names.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Russian Federation includes China in biggest war games in decades
Sep 12, 2018 - 01:28
Russia´s previous military exercise in the region, Vostok-2014, was nearly half the size, with 155,000 soldiers participating. Since then Moscow has increased the number of its large-scale military exercises in the Caucasus, the Baltic and the Arctic.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump urges ‘incredible’ people in Carolinas to take precautions for Hurricane Florence
Sep 12, 2018 - 01:27
Tropical Storm Isaac , located 775 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, is moving towards the west near 16 miles per hour (mph). The storm was located roughly 1,170 miles east-southeast of the Cape Fear region, and remained a risky Category 4 storm .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Forget the stock. Tesla's bonds are imploding
Sep 12, 2018 - 01:22
They have fallen 29 percent from their August 7 intraday high of $387.46 when Musk tweeted about taking the company private . The only forecast Tesla had given previously for the third quarter was that it would produce 50,000 to 55,000 Model 3s.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Nike's sales surge after controversial Colin Kaepernick 'Just Do It' campaign
Sep 12, 2018 - 01:13
The news triggered strong reactions from Kaepernick's supporters and critics. He said Nike didn't consult his opinion on the ad that featured Kaepernick .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chinese telcos tease dual-SIM support on the upcoming iPhone
Sep 12, 2018 - 01:06
With that being said, even if Apple launches an iPhone with dual SIM slots, it will not be available in all the markets. China Telecom , on the other hand, is also state-owned and the third largest mobile network provider in China .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Steve Yzerman reportedly stepping down as Tampa Bay Lightning GM
Sep 12, 2018 - 00:56
As for BriseBois, he's also been with the club since 2010 and has always been speculated to be in line for a GM position. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team had not announced Yzerman's decision.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top After rousing start for Mack, familiar end for Bears vs. GB
Sep 11, 2018 - 02:17
Mack wasn't the only Bears defender to enjoy an exemplary half, but he was the Chicago player whose star shone the brightest. The biggest issue was that they were not being conservative in the running game, but yet the passing game.