Massachusetts

Dozens of Homes Destroyed by Freak Gas Line Accident in MA

While the eastern coasts of North and South Carolina are just beginning to feel the effects of Hurricane Florence rolling ashore, another terrifying disaster is playing out a bit farther to the north.

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In Massachusetts this afternoon approximately 20 homes and businesses across several townships were ablaze, or completely destroyed, by a freak natural gas accident.

Massachusetts authorities were responding to “suspected gas explosions” in several communities outside of Boston Thursday evening that have left residents unable to “see the sky.”

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State Police (MSP) tweeted that troopers are on scene at “17 separate addresses for fire, explosion, or investigation” in the towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.

Residents in the aforementioned towns that are serviced by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts “should evacuate their homes immediately if they have not already done so.”

“Numerous evacuations of neighborhoods where there are gas odors are underway,” MSP tweeted. While they added it’s “far too early to speculate on cause,” Columbia Gas is worked to depressurize its gas lines, which “will take some time.”

Video from the scene was apocalyptic.

Mandatory evacuations are now underway in several towns whose lines may be affected.

This story will be developing for some time.

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