Deadly Gas Explosions in Massachusetts Put Focus on Pipe Safety

Deadly Gas Explosions in Massachusetts Put Focus on Pipe Safety

Deadly Gas Explosions in Massachusetts Put Focus on Pipe Safety

Dianne Anderson is CEO of Lawrence General Hospital.

Injuries were said to have ranged from "minor to smoke inhalation and blast trauma", with several other patients being treated for existing medical conditions that needed "assistance because of the fires". A joint investigation "will be conducted when situation is stabilized".

Before the explosions, Columbia Gas had said it would be upgrading gas lines in neighbourhoods across the state, including the affected suburbs.

Tami Lattime said crews came by her home about 2 a.m. Friday to shut off gas service.

"We were unaware for quite a while as to what was going on and we were notified that there was a potential these fires as being promulgated as a result of over-pressurization of a gas main", Mansfield said.

The National Transportation Safety Board said that the West Virginia rupture likely could have been prevented if the pipeline had been inspected or tested, but that it hadn't been since 1988.

Rep. Seth Moulton immediately demanded answers from Columbia Gas, the utility company responsible for the lines involved. Columbia Gas is working to shut off gas service, and we will re-evaluate from there. The State Police Fusion Center said the gas explosions and reports were "spread across a wide swath" of South Lawrence, North Andover and in North Lawrence.

At one point, power was cut off to all residents in the towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.

As many families seek refuge in temporary shelters, officials are warning that it could be at least another day until many of them are allowed to return to their homes.

One person was killed and about 25 were hurt.

An estimated 8,000 people were displaced after a series of natural gas explosions set off fires in 60 to 80 homes.

"Additional support is being provided by crews from several affiliated Columbia Gas companies and other utilities", the statement said.

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

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"People need to get out of this area safely", he said at the time.

The NTSB sent a team Friday to investigate what "appears to be multiple explosions involving (a) natural gas pipeline in the Merrimack Valley area of Massachusetts", NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said.

An agency spokesman said it will look at the design of the gas pipeline system, maintenance and upgrades that have been done, and the safety record of the pipeline operator.

U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey said they are calling on the Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to hold a hearing to determine what went wrong and how to make sure it doesn't happen again.

A building burns after explosions in Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States in this September 13, 2018 photo from social media by Boston Sparks.

Fire inspectors take notes outside a house that was blown off its foundation on Kingston Street in Lawrence.

Management for the American Gas Association (AGA), which represents more than 200 companies that deliver gas throughout the United States, said, "Our hearts go out to those who are suffering and have lost loved ones and homes as a result of the tragic incidents in MA".

The series of explosions and fires in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes.

"The first priority for our crews at the scene is to ensure the safety of our customers and the community by supporting first responders and completing safety checks on our system and in the surrounding area", it said in a statement.

About 18,000 customers in the region also had their electricity shut off in response to the explosions and many residents spent the night at shelters in area schools.

Leonel Robson, who was sitting in his driveway when a chimney fell on his vehicle, was killed after the explosions rocked the suburban towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.

"Lawrence, I got one victim trapped, compound fracture", a voice said.

Leonel Rondon, of Lawrence, was pronounced dead Thursday night at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, according to the Essex District Attorney's Office.

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