A series of
explosions shook a swath of Lawrence, Massachusetts yesterday, causing widespread
mayhem and fires. At this time, authorities have confirmed that one young
man died due to a structural collapse caused by the explosions, which
are suspected to have been caused by a gas utility leak. At least 10 other
people were reportedly injured and approximately 35 homes caught on fire
during the catastrophe.
Earlier in the day, Columbia Gas announced it would be working in Andover
and Lawrence to improve its natural gas lines. The company claimed the
project would create a safer gas utility system in the cities. It is suspected
at this time that a defect in the utility system, or the error of a Columbia
Gas worker, might have caused a pressurization issue in one of the gas
mains, triggering an explosion that rapidly spread throughout the system.
Multiple homes, businesses, schools, and other buildings were evacuated
as a precaution. Many of those locations, including schools throughout
the region, remain closed still. Investigations continue into the exact
cause of the explosions.
For more information about this developing story, you can
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