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.
In Massachusetts this afternoon approximately 20 homes and businesses across several townships were ablaze, or completely destroyed, by a freak natural gas accident.
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.
— Leo Ruiz (@ProducerLeo) September 13, 2018
Mandatory evacuations are now underway in several towns whose lines may be affected.
— Jill Harmacinski (@EagleTribJill) September 13, 2018
This story will be developing for some time.