An 18-year-old man was killed on Friday north of Boston in the United States after mass explosions reportedly linked to a
gas, the local authorities announced, quoted by the Boston Globe.
Thursday, ten people were injured, police of the state of Massachusetts had announced. The authorities asked residents of three places to evacuate. Rescue has so far included 70 "fires / explosions / gas odor investigations" in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, police said.
"Evacuate all buildings and all houses", one manager repeated through loudspeaker in one of the places, according to an amateur video published by the local newspaper Eagle Tribune.
– The Eagle-Tribune (@EagleTrib) September 13, 2018
Still "too early to speculate about the cause"
"There are many evacuations in neighborhoods where there are gas odors," the police said at the beginning of the evening on Twitter adding that it is still "too early to speculate about the cause." But the authorities specifically asked the residents to whom the Columbia Gas Company supplies natural gas to leave their home "immediately".
Columbia Gas crews are currently responding to reports of multiple fires in Lawrence, MA. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by today's incident. We will continue to share information as soon as it is available. https://t.co/Es4W3H93n0
– Columbia Gas MA (@ColumbiaGasMA) September 14, 2018
The same company had previously indicated on its website that it was working on its gas pipelines in various neighborhoods in the state of Massachusetts, including improving safety. At least one house was destroyed, according to the local media.