LAWRENCE, Ma. (AP) -- Massachusetts State Police say over-pressurized gas lines impacted some 70 homes in three communities north of Boston, including reports of explosions and fires.
MSP Fusion Center has current updated tally of responses to fires/explosions/investigations of gas odor at 70. Spread over wide swath of south #Lawrence and northern part of #NorthAndover with several others across Merrimack River in north Lawrence. pic.twitter.com/a7kBYaWFrJ— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) September 13, 2018
The Eagle-Tribune newspaper in North Andover reports the issue is a problem with a gas line that feeds homes in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.
Authorities are blaming over-pressurized gas lines and previously told all residents with Columbia Gas service in those areas to evacuate.
An 18-year-old man has died after a house exploded amid gas explosions north of Boston, sending a chimney crashing into his car.
Officials have identified the victim as Leonel Robson, of Lawrence. They say he was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he died around 8:30 p.m. of his injuries.
Gov. Charlie Baker says 10 other people were injured Thursday in a series of fires and explosions that authorities blame on over-pressurized natural gas lines.
At least 10 other people have been treated for injuries. Homes with gas in those communities are all being evacuated. Gas and power are being shut off at those areas.
Andover police reported a total of 39 fires in that town at one point, with all fires now out.
Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque told The Eagle-Tribune that he's "never seen anything like this."
State police say Columbia Gas crews are working to depressureize gas lines in Lawrence, North Andover and Andover.
Electricity is being cut to residents in all three communities as crews work to prevent further damage.