Mass. neigh­bor­hoods evac­u­ate as gas blasts de­stroy 20 homes

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A se­ries of gas ex­plo­sions caused fires at more than 20 homes across three com­mu­ni­ties north of Boston on Thurs­day, forc­ing neigh­bor­hoods to evac­u­ate as crews scram­ble to douse the flames and shut off gas and elec­tric lines.

Mas­sachusetts State Po­lice said troop­ers were dis­patched to Lawrence, An­dover and North An­dover as pan­icked res­i­dents at­tempted to flee amid the af­ter­noon rush hour.

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