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Thu Sep 13, 2018, 06:38 PM

Multiple Gas Explosions Rock Lawrence, Andover And North Andover; Neighborhoods Being Evacuated

Updated 6:13 PM; Posted 5:51 PM



By Patrick Johnson pjohnson@repub.com

There are reports of multiple fires and explosions as a result of gas leaks in the cities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, and emergency responders are racing to control the scene.

Between 20 to 25 homes on fire in Lawrence, according to the Associated Press in Boston.

"There are so many fires you can't even see the sky," Metheun Police Chief Joseph Solomon said.

Police are evacuating residents from the three towns. Andover residents are being sent to the Senior Center on Whittier Court. North Andover residents are being sent to the town's middle school on 495 Main St., state police said.

Any neighborhood where there are gas odors are being evacuated forcing hundreds of people from multiple neighborhoods from their homes, state police said.

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https://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2018/09/multiple_gas_explosions_rock_l.html

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Reply Multiple Gas Explosions Rock Lawrence, Andover And North Andover; Neighborhoods Being Evacuated (Original post)
RCW2014 Sep 13 OP
DillyDilly500 Sep 13 #1
RCW2014 Sep 13 #4
GoodKraic Sep 13 #2
RCW2014 Sep 13 #3
rampartb Sep 14 #9
orson Sep 13 #5
Grumpy Pickle Sep 13 #6
RCW2014 Sep 13 #7
batcat Sep 14 #8
Currentsitguy Sep 14 #10

Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 06:47 PM

1. Obviously a massive pressure spike that's blowing out

The individual pressure regulators.

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Response to DillyDilly500 (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 06:56 PM

4. My thoughts too!

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 06:51 PM

2. Unbelievable!

I’ve never heard of such an event. I hope there’s no deaths.

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Response to GoodKraic (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 06:56 PM

3. Dilly is most likely right. Found this past event...

Natural gas regulator failures, like in Fairport, have happened before

By Jeffrey L. Frischkorn
POSTED: 01/28/11, 12:01 AM EST | UPDATED: ON 01/28/2011 0

The possible failure of devices regulating natural gas pressurization Monday in Fairport Harbor are uncommon but they are not rare, happening several times each year, state officials say.

However, far less frequent are catastrophic failures of the kind that saw 25 area fire-fighting departments pour into the small lakefront village and work to overcome the natural gas-based fires that rendered 10 structures uninhabitable.

Such a failure has happened before.

Ohio Public Utilities Commission spokesman Matt Butler has provided The News-Herald with a Nov. 26, 1986, wire service article that speaks of similar incident in a Youngstown area village.

In that incident, gas fires torched 32 homes and businesses, causing an estimated minimum $1 million in damages.

http://www.news-herald.com/article/HR/20110128/NEWS/301289990

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 07:42 AM

9. san bruno ca in about 2010

several locations including auburn al in about 1977.

natural gas is a dangerous p;ower source, and u don't think purported savings are worth the risk.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 07:24 PM

5. Could hackers cause this?

The system is digitally controlled. Where there's software there's a hack. We've been hearing about the possibility of hacks to the grid, but any public system is vulnerable.

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Response to orson (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 07:26 PM

6. Good point.

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Response to orson (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 13, 2018, 07:35 PM

7. Possible. 70 confirmed fires, explosions so far...

Sure would hate to be a.stockholder of Columbia Gas.

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Response to orson (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 12:24 AM

8. I have been wondering the same thing. (n/t)

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Response to orson (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 11:01 AM

10. One would think

If it has a SCADA monitoring and control system, it's vulnerable.

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