Latest Explosions News

Teen killed in dramatic natural gas explosions laid to rest

Sep. 19, 2018 7:10 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of the lone victim of last week's dramatic series of natural gas explosions and fires north of Boston on Wednesday. Some 300 people came out to St. Mary the Assumption Church in Lawrence to remember 18-year-old Leonel Rondon, the...

Lawsuit filed against gas company after Massachusetts blasts

Sep. 18, 2018 7:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of people who were forced out of their homes for days when dozens of natural gas explosions and fires ripped through three Massachusetts towns. The lawsuit is the first of what's likely to be several filed against Columbia Gas and its...

The Latest: Lawsuit filed over natural gas explosions

Sep. 18, 2018 2:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on natural gas explosions in Massachusetts (all times local): 2:25 p.m. A class action lawsuit has been filed against Columbia Gas and its parent company on behalf of residents impacted by natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday by the law...

Foundation being set up for victims of gas explosions

Sep. 17, 2018 8:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A relief fund is being set up to help Massachusetts residents whose lives were disrupted Thursday by a series of natural gas fires and explosions. The announcement was made Monday by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and leaders of the three affected communities. Baker wants to have the...

Official: Pressure sensors focus of gas explosions probe

Sep. 16, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The investigation into the Boston-area natural gas explosions is partially focused on pressure sensors that were connected to a gas line that was being taken out of service shortly before the blasts, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday. NTSB Chairman...

The Latest: Pressure sensors focus of gas explosions probe

Sep. 16, 2018 5:10 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on the natural gas explosions in Massachusetts (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Federal officials say the investigation into the Boston-area natural gas explosions is partially focused on pressure sensors that were connected to a gas line that was being taken out of service...

Investigator: No evidence gas explosions intentional

Sep. 15, 2018 6:13 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — There's no evidence to suggest the gas explosions that rocked communities north of Boston were intentional, a federal investigator said Saturday. As federal officials opened their investigation into Thursday's disaster, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt...

Everyone wants answers: State, feds hunt for gas blast cause

Sep. 14, 2018 9:57 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Investigators worked Friday to pinpoint the cause of a series of fiery natural gas explosions that killed a teen driver in his car just hours after he got his license, injured at least 25 others and left dozens of homes in smoldering ruins. Authorities said an estimated 8,000 people...

The Latest: NTSB investigators could be on scene for a week

Sep. 14, 2018 9:14 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on gas explosions in Massachusetts (all times local): 9:01 p.m. The National Transportation Safety Board said the team heading to Massachusetts to investigate a series of gas explosions blamed for one death and dozens of fires in three communities is expected to remain on...

An old problem: Aging pipelines lead to deadly explosions

Sep. 14, 2018 5:46 PM EDT

The natural gas pipeline in the United States is vast, sprawling across 2.5 million miles in a complex pressurized system that delivers a quarter of the energy consumed nationwide, according to the American Gas Association. Many of the pipes are old, and utilities are in various stages of replacing them to...