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abcnews: 39 locations of fires, explosions after suspected gas leak in Massachusetts

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https://abcnews.go.com/US/39-locations-fires-explosions-suspected-gas-leak-massachusetts/story?id=57810022

 

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Firefighters in Massachusetts are battling dozens of fires believed to have been caused by gas explosions.
 

The Massachusetts State Police Watch Center has responded to 39 different addresses spread across dozens of block in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover -- in Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley, the department wrote on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

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My cousin works as a teacher in this area. Her mother told me it was like a war zone.

 

Dozens of Homes Burn in Andover and Lawrence, Mass., Gas Explosions

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/us/lawrence-massachusetts-explosion-gas-fire.html

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LAWRENCE, Mass. — Violent explosions and billowing fires tore through three towns north of Boston late Thursday afternoon, damaging dozens of houses, forcing thousands of stunned residents to evacuate and plunging much of the region into an eerie darkness.

One person was killed and more than 20 were injured in the sudden string of explosions caused by gas leaks in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover as blackish-gray clouds of smoke rolled across rooftops and flames shot into the sky.

Leonel Rondon, 18, was killed while he sat in a car in the driveway of a home in Lawrence, the authorities said. A chimney fell onto the car, they said, when the home, on Chickering Road, exploded.

Across the region, residents returned from work to find their homes burning and neighbors standing outside with no clear sense of what to do. Firefighters and other emergency workers raced from block to block, urging residents to evacuate to shelters that were hastily being opened. Along some blocks, the smell of gas hung in the air, and cellphones buzzed with evacuation warnings.

 

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-massachusetts-gas-explosions-20180918-story.html

 

 

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Pipe pressure before Massachusetts gas explosions was 12 times too high

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The pressure in natural gas pipelines prior to a series of explosions and fires in Massachusetts last week was 12 times higher than it should have been, according to a letter from the state's U.S. senators to executives of the utility in charge of the pipelines.

Democratic U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey sent the letter Monday seeking answers about the explosions from the heads of Columbia Gas, the company that serves the communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, and NiSource, the parent company of Columbia Gas.

"The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has reported that the pressure in the Columbia Gas system should have been around 0.5 pounds per square inch (PSI), but readings in the area reached at least 6 PSI — twelve times higher than the system was intended to hold," the letter said.

The pressure spike registered in a Columbia Gas control room in Ohio, the senators said in the letter, which requests a reply by Wednesday.

"We write to request that you provide us with information in order to help the American people understand why this terrible disaster occurred, whether the company was sufficiently prepared to respond to an incident of this magnitude, and how we can prevent any similar tragedy in the future," the senators wrote.

 

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i never posted on it, but after the first couple reports i wondered if this might be a case of hacking infiltration of the grid by foreign adversary 

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Yup, valves and fittings are only rated for so much pressure... spike the pressure, weakest link in the chain goes first

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