Man killed and several injured in Massachusetts gas explosions

Man killed and several injured in Massachusetts gas explosions

A man has been killed and at least 10 people injured after a series of gas explosions and fires affected some 40 homes and business in three Massachusetts towns on Thursday (local time).

Eighteen-year-old Leonel Rondon was inside a car in the town of Lawrence when a chimney fell on the vehicle.

Mr Rondon was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he later died.

Authorities believe an issue with gas service caused several explosions in Lawrence and the nearby towns of Andover and North Andover in northern Massachusetts.

Officials said that not all gas had been shut off by Thursday evening, resulting in some of the lines being over-pressurised, but are waiting for more information to be available.

“This has been an overwhelming event,” Andover Fire Rescue Chief Michael Mansfield told reporters. “I have been in the fire service for almost 39 years and I have never seen anything like this in my entire career. … It looked like Armageddon, it really did.”

The fires stretched across dozens of blocks, state police said, and some neighbourhoods have been evacuated.

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