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Pressure increase reported in MA gas pipeline, NTSB says

16 September 2018

A federal investigator says there's no evidence to suggest the gas explosions that rocked communities north of Boston were intentional.

A man was killed and at least 25 people were injured in Thursday's fires and explosions. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate.

A pipeline controller working at a console in Columbus, Ohio, noticed the pressure increase in a pipeline in Lawrence, Massachusetts, one of the three towns where the fires occurred, Sumwalt told CNN's Alison Kosik.

"It looked like Armageddon, it really did", said Andover Fire Rescue Chief Michael B. Mansfield.

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Utility Peoples Gas Light & Coke Co. placed the blame on the failure of a piece of equipment that lowers the pressure of gas from distribution lines so that it can be used in homes, the Tribune said.

Leonel Rondon, 18, was killed after a chimney that had been blown off a home in one of the explosions struck a auto in Lawrence, CNN affiliate WHDH reported. Declaring a state of emergency gave the state authority to decide who would oversee the response, he said. Eversource Energy said the breach was unrelated to the recovery and restoration work it was appointed to carry out by Governor Charlie Baker.

"It's going to be a complicated process to get you back to normalcy", Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera said.

"People have a right to know", Markey told reporters. "I often say the people of MA are resilient and this devastating situation is no exception", said Baker.

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Company president Stephen Bryant defended his company's performance Friday, saying it had more than 300 workers and contractors responding, with another 100 on the way.

"We are very interested to understand the operations of Columbia Gas". The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced they were investigating the company.

Local officials also warned about donation scammers.

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Pressure increase reported in MA gas pipeline, NTSB says