Officials are investigating a series of natural gas explosions that rocked three towns north of Boston. Eighteen-year-old Leonel Rondon was killed after a house exploded, its chimney then falling into his car as he sat in it, according to ABC News. At least 25 people were injured and 8,000 people displaced from their homes in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence, with 400 people spending the night in shelters. Columbia Gas is believed to be servicing the homes affected. The fiery incident is being likened to an "Armageddon" type of disaster.
LATEST: Evacuations are taking place in multiple neighborhoods north of Boston where residents have smelled gas, according to Massachusetts State Police.— ABC News (@ABC) September 13, 2018
Authorities confirmed fires and explosions at 39 locations: https://t.co/FLlKiNwVMO pic.twitter.com/HYPFyccL7K
Our thoughts are with the community. We are focused on providing as much support as possible to our customers. If you are a customer that has been affected in Merrimack Valley please call our dedicated customer service line 1-866-388-3239.— Columbia Gas MA (@ColumbiaGasMA) September 14, 2018