BOSTON (CBS) – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is launching an investigation into a series of gas explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley.
‘It Looked Like Armageddon’: 1 Dead After Gas Explosions, Fires
Emergency crews responded to between 60-80 fires and three explosions within a short time frame after gas issues were reported in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. There were 38 fires in Andover alone and at the peak of the incident, 18 fires were burning at the same time.
In Lawrence, a man was killed when a home exploded on Chickering Road. The Essex District Attorney says 18-year-old Leonel Rondon was inside a car in the driveway of the home when a chimney fell on it. Rondon was pronounced dead at Mass General Hospital.