As many as 20 gas explosions reported north of Boston

US At least 70 fires blasts reported in three towns of Boston mass evacuations under way

Crew gather at the Columbia Gas of Massachusetts facility after dozens of explosions in Lawrence | Brian Snyder Reuters

Leonel Rondon, an 18-year-old Lawrence resident, died after a house explosion sent a chimney crashing into his vehicle, the Associated Press reported. He was rushed to a Boston hospital but pronounced dead there in the evening.

Andover's fire chief Mike Mansfield said: "It looked like Armageddon, it really did". Photos posted on social media show raging fires and thick plumes of black smoke billowing from the buildings. "So we're going to keep looking and try to find federal dollars to help Lawrence, to help homeowners, to help Andover, but it's - I just have to be blunt - it's just not clear that there are programs that can help", Warren said.

"Our top priority is the safety of the public, our customers, and our employees, and while we are sending support teams, we continue to retain the resources we need to serve our customers", Akley said.

"It was very scary", Williams told Reuters by telephone, saying she could see smoke on the skyline. "There will be plenty of time later tonight, tomorrow morning and into the next day to do some of the work around determining exactly what happened and why". "Our thoughts are with everyone affected by today's incident".

MSP Fusion Center has current updated tally of responses to fires/explosions/investigations of gas odor at 70.

The Eagle-Tribune newspaper in North Andover reports at least one home has been destroyed and several others have caught fire amid a problem with a gas line that feeds homes in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.

LAWRENCE - Some 3,500 homes have already been cleared of unsafe gas leaks, but about 5,000 across Lawrence, Andover and North Andover remain, officials said at a press conference late Friday morning, but officials said the cause of the disaster has not yet been determined.

Lawrence General Hospital received six patients, two of whom were in critical condition, according to spokeswoman Jill Halsey.

In the early hours of Friday the Governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, described the incident as a "public safety event", but said officials were now "confident" there would be no further fires.

Gas and electricity remained shut off Friday in most of the area, and entire neighbourhoods were eerily deserted.

Andover Town Manager Andrew P. Flanagan, Police Chief Patrick E. Keefe and Fire Chief Michael Mansfield said Andover fire responders had put out a total of 35 fires.

Mayor of Lawrence Dan Rivera has ordered all residents in South Lawrence to leave their homes.

Don't go home until you get the all-clear.

. "Get out of your house and go north of the river".

The explosions and emergency response caused Amtrak to cancel four train routes between Boston and Maine.

Authorities were to cut power to thousands of metres, police said, and residents in all three towns with utilities service from Columbia Gas had been asked to evacuate immediately. He added that at least 12 houses were affected. Andover, North Andover and Lawrence projects were included. One of his toy poodles began barking shortly after.

"People need to get out of this area safely, and it's really hard because the traffic right now is horrendous", he said. "What we need folks to do is that if it's happening in your home, you have a amusing smell, just evacuate, come out to the street".

They ran around the corner, and there he saw a home, two away from his own, engulfed in flames. "What we need folks to do is that if it's happening in your home, you have a amusing smell, just evacuate, come out to the street". "Call Columbia Gas to do that", he said in a tweet.

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