‘Ar­maged­don’ blasts in Boston

Western Mail - - UK & WORLD NEWS -

A SE­RIES of gas ex­plo­sions de­scribed as “Ar­maged­don” have killed a teenager, in­jured at least 10 other peo­ple and ig­nited fires in at least 39 homes in three com­mu­ni­ties north of Boston.

Author­i­ties said Leonel Ron­don, 18, of Lawrence, died af­ter a chim­ney top­pled by an ex­plod­ing house crashed into his car. He was rushed to hos­pi­tal but was pro­nounced dead.

Mas­sachusetts State Po­lice urged all res­i­dents with homes ser­viced by Columbia Gas in Lawrence, An­dover and North An­dover to evac­u­ate.

“It looked like Ar­maged­don,” An­dover Fire Chief Michael Mans­field told re­porters.

The Mas­sachusetts Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency blamed the fires on over-pres­surised gas lines but said in­ves­ti­ga­tors were still ex­am­in­ing what hap­pened.

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