Boston (September 14, 2018): A natural gas leak fiasco sparked fires in at least 39 homes throughout northeast Massachusetts communities, killing a man and causing explosions, while, at least 12 people have been injured in the tragedy.
According to details, dozens of explosions which rocked three communities were apparently triggered by a natural gas pipeline rupture, near Boston on Thursday. One person has been killed, while 12 others have been injured in the gas explosions. According to Massachusetts State Police, the tragedy even prompted the evacuation of hundreds.
The blasts left dozens of homes and other buildings demolished or engulfed in flames as firefighters from some 50 departments raced for hours from one blaze to another and utility crews rushed to shut off gas and electricity in the area to prevent further ignitions.Police drove up and down streets with bull horns telling residents to vacate their homes immediately.
Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield told a news conference that fire investigators suspected over-pressurization of a gas main belonging to Columbia Gas of Massachusetts led to the series of explosions and fires.
Massachusetts State Police said that a total of 70 fires, explosions or investigations of gas odour had been reported.