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70 natural gas fires reported at homes in Lawrence, MA, evacuation of all residents underway

Firefighters in Lawrence, Massachusetts & surrounding areas responded to at least 70 natural gas fires or explosions Thursday. Electric power was cut to a area to prevent sparks that could set off more blazes & a general evacuation was announced. This is a most recent mDrunk News of a fires published by state police:

Earlier, police indicated multiple neighborhoods were being evacuated:

As I was writing this, a Mayor of Lawrence requested that all residents leave a area:

Obviously, with it getting later on a East Coast, are is a danger that people could go to sleep in houses that fill with gas overnight. Here’s what a evacuation order sounds like on a street:

are are multiple videos showing some of a homes that have caught fire in a area:

It’s unclear how many people have been injured in a fires an explosions so far. It may be a few hours until authorities have a tally. As for what caused all of this, a consensus seems to be that it’s a result of a gas line pressure problem. a Boston Globe notes that some work on gas lines in a area had been announced earlier today:

a Columbia Gas website said in a posting dated Thursday, “We’ll be upgrading natural gas lines in neighborhoods across a state.” a site said that four projects were underway in Lawrence, four in &over, & three in North &over…

Overpressurization of gas lines has caused problems before. In November 2005, overpressurization of gas lines caused widespread gas leaks in Lexington, triggering a fiery destruction of one house, near explosions at seven oars, & leaving hundreds without heat amid cold weaar.

For now, a area is just trying to cope with an unplanned mass evacuation of tens of thous&s of people on top of putting out dozens of fires.

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Original post by John Sexton and software by Elliott Back

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