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Gas leak reported in Mass. city affected by explosions last year

The Lawrence fire chief says a leak in a high-pressure line has released a volume of gas in the “explosive range”


Emergency personnel respond after a reported gas leak early Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 in Lawrence, Mass.

Photo/David L. Ryan, The Boston Globe via AP

By Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Mass. — About 100 people have vacated their homes and two schools have been closed in response to a natural gas leak in a Massachusetts city affected a year ago by gas explosions and fires.

Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty says that the leak in a high-pressure line was discovered around 3:15 a.m. Friday and that the volume of gas released was in the “explosive range.”

No explosions or fires have been reported.

Gas and electricity have been shut off in the affected neighborhood.

Mark Kempic is president of Columbia Gas, which was blamed for last year’s explosions. He says that no company crews were working the area and that the line is new.

The source of the leak is being investigated.

Mayor Dan Rivera says the Wetherbee School and Lawrence Catholic Academy are closed.