Cities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover are being evacuated after a gas explosion rocked their cities. The three communities house more than 146,000 residents and are located about 26 miles (42 kilometers) north of Boston. They are urging residents of the cities who have Columbia gas to evacuate immediately, even if they don’t smell gas.
70 Houses have exploded, and the National Grid has announced it will cut off all electricity in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence.
Currently 8,000 homes are being evacuated and tens of thousands will be without a home tonight.
The direct cause has not been determined, however it has been speculated that there was a problem with the gas lines and them being over pressured. They are currently depressurizing the gas lines. It is undetermined if the incident is intentional.
Gov. Charlie Baker’s office said the governor is “actively monitoring the situations in the Merrimack Valley and is communicating with first responders and public safety officials.”
Gas service was shut down by the company to roughly 8,000 customers.
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