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Massachusetts residents cleared to return to areas hit by gas explosions

Massachusetts residents cleared to return to areas hit by gas explosions

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency for the area and put Eversource Energy, another utility, in charge of recovery efforts after state and local officials said they were unsatisfied with Columbia Gas' response.

"I want to commend the teams of police officers, firefighters and utility workers who worked diligently to meet this morning's goal of reopening all homes in town to residents", Town Manager Flanagan said.

Thousands of people have been moved out after gas explosions tore through three towns in MA, setting dozens of homes on fire and killing a teenager.

At least one person died and others were injured in the blasts in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence on Thursday.

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Also Sunday, residents in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover were allowed to return to their homes after crews finished shutting off almost 8,600 gas meters.

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.

Sumwalt said the investigation is focused on high pressure in pipelines.

Gas service to all homes in the affected area has been shut of and the homes cleared of gas as of 6:30 this morning, according to public safety officials.

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"We're very interested to understand the operations of Columbia Gas", he said.

"People have been very generous", an emotional Rivera said. Andover also announced in a tweet the schools would be open Monday.

There's no evidence to suggest the gas explosions that rocked communities north of Boston were intentional, a federal investigator said Saturday.

Gas service is not being restored at this time.

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In all, the weather service says the greatest amounts of rain from Florence are likely in the southwestern portions of the region. Another Wilmington resident said she does not want to leave because she is afraid to see what she would be coming back to.

Officials said gas company technicians will turn all the meters back after safety inspections of the entire system are complete - a process expected to take several weeks. The company a subsidiary of NiSource, a utility company that serves more than three million customers in seven states.


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