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'You Can't Even See the Sky.' Series of Explosions Sets Dozens of Homes Ablaze Near Boston

'You Can't Even See the Sky.' Series of Explosions Sets Dozens of Homes Ablaze Near BostonPolice believe the explosions are coming from a problematic gas line



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Expert warns Florence floodwaters may carry venomous snakes into homes

Expert warns Florence floodwaters may carry venomous snakes into homesPeople in areas affected by Hurricane Florence, which was downgraded to a



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One killed and several injured as dozens of gas blasts destroy homes in Massachusetts

One killed and several injured as dozens of gas blasts destroy homes in MassachusettsA series of gas explosions killed a teenager, injured at least 10 other people and ignited fires in at least 39 homes in three communities near Boston on Thursday, forcing entire neighbourhoods to evacuate as crews scrambled to fight the flames and shut off the gas. Authorities named the dead teenager as Leonel Rondon, 18, of Lawrence, died after a chimney toppled by an exploding house crashed into his car.  Live TV images showed firefighters battling blazes in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, about 25 miles (40 km) north of the US city. The streets were darkened where authorities had cut off electricity and were shutting down gas service in an effort to stop further blazes. "It looked like Armageddon, it really did," said Michael Mansfield, Andover fire chief. "There were billows of smoke coming from Lawrence behind me. I could see pillars of smoke in front of me from the town of Andover." Flames consume a home in Lawrence, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston Credit: WCVB Firefighters battle another house on fire, on Herrick Road in North Andover Credit: Mary Schwalm At least three people, including one firefighter, were hurt in Andover, the town said in a statement. Six people were being treated at Lawrence General Hospital, said spokeswoman Jill McDonald Halsey. It was not immediately clear if any of those being treated at that hospital were from Andover. Massachusetts State Police said a total of 70 fires, explosions or investigations of gas odor had been reported. Authorities said nothing to indicate any foul play was suspected. The first explosion was triggered by an overpressurised gas line, Boston's WBZ News reported. Emergency crews respond to a series of gas explosions that have damaged homes across three communities north of Boston Credit:  WCVB North Andover resident Laurie Williams, 55, said she drove home from work to find police and fire vehicles blocking streets near her home, and learned three buildings nearby were on fire. "It was very scary," Williams said, with smoke visible on the skyline. "My first thought was this is a gas explosion." The Columbia Gas company, a unit of NiSource Inc, had said earlier on Thursday that it would be upgrading gas lines in neighborhoods across the state, including the area where the explosions occurred, but it was not immediately clear whether any work was being done in those communities. MSP Fusion Center has current updated tally of responses to fires/explosions/investigations of gas odor at 70. Spread over wide swath of south #Lawrence and northern part of #NorthAndover with several others across Merrimack River in north Lawrence. pic.twitter.com/a7kBYaWFrJ— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) September 13, 2018 "Columbia Gas is investigating what happened on its system today," said Ken Stammen, a spokesman for NiSource. The US Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said it was dispatching a team to support the state's emergency response efforts, an agency spokesperson said on Thursday. Local media outlets' Twitter feeds were filled with images of homes in flames or collapsed. Fire trucks race to fight dozens of fires Credit: AP "We are asking everybody with gas in their homes to leave their homes until further notice," North Andover town manager Andrew Maylor told one local television station. Dan Rivera, mayor of Lawrence, told WBZ: "What we know is that there are have been multiple explosions, multiple fires that are happening across the city." He said residents detecting strange odors should leave their homes. State police urged residents served by Columbia Gas to evacuate their homes, saying the utility was cutting pressure to its lines and that it would take "some time" to shut off all service. 



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Pennsylvania explosion: Evacuations and destroyed homes near Pittsburgh after huge gas line blast

Pennsylvania explosion: Evacuations and destroyed homes near Pittsburgh after huge gas line blastResidents have been forced to evacuate after a gas line explosion outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania destroyed buildings amid massive flames. There have been no reported injuries as yet but the 5 am explosion and fire affected the approximately 30 homes within a half-mile radius. The line is operated by a company called Energy Transfer in Center Township, a suburb approximately 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.



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Northern California wildfire threatens homes, closes major highway

Northern California wildfire threatens homes, closes major highwayThe Delta fire erupted on Wednesday in a canyon along the Sacramento River about 250 miles north of San Francisco and by Thursday morning had scorched more than 15,000 acres, triple the area that had burned some 12 hours earlier. The blaze was near where the deadly Carr fire incinerated hundreds of dwellings in and around the town of Redding this summer. No casualties have been reported from the Delta fire but there were some close calls.



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Northern California wildfire threatens homes, closes major highway

Northern California wildfire threatens homes, closes major highwayAn intense wildfire roared unchecked for a second day on Thursday through drought-desiccated timber in Northern California’s Shasta-Trinity National Forest, threatening scores of homes and forcing the closure of an interstate highway after motorists had to flee their vehicles. The Delta fire erupted on Wednesday in a canyon along the Sacramento River about 250 miles north of San Francisco and by Thursday morning had scorched more than 15,000 acres, triple the area that had burned some 12 hours earlier. The blaze was near where the deadly Carr fire incinerated hundreds of dwellings in and around the town of Redding this summer.



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Quakes cut power, topple homes on Indonesia island; 3 dead

Quakes cut power, topple homes on Indonesia island; 3 deadSEMBALUN, Indonesia (AP) — Multiple strong earthquakes cut power across the Indonesian island of Lombok, toppled buildings and killed at least three people as the tourist hotspot was trying to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people.



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Thousands of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria could be forced out of their temporary homes

Thousands of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria could be forced out of their temporary homesEvery two weeks or so, the automated voice would tell Analee Dalmau and hundreds of other displaced Puerto Rican families that the deadline was looming, that they would soon have to move out of their hotel rooms, that their refuge would no longer be covered by federal funds. Dalmau, 24, fled her home near the island’s tropical rain forest after Hurricane Maria lashed the US territory more than 10 months ago. It’s not just for us, but for our kids,” Dalmau says.



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Flames Inch Close to California Homes, Prompting Evacuation Orders for 20,000

Flames Inch Close to California Homes, Prompting Evacuation Orders for 20,000Evacuation orders expanded to more than 20,000 residents, though some homeowners stayed behind to fend off the flames themselves



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Crews battle growing wildfire near homes in California

Crews battle growing wildfire near homes in CaliforniaLAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters fought to spare homes Friday from a growing Southern California forest fire, a day after flames came perilously close to neighborhoods and destroyed one house.



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