Explosion lawyers from Pritzker Hageman are investigating a series of fires and explosions in Massachusetts that injured dozens of people killing one of them. Leonel Rondon, an 18-year-old Lawrence man, was fatally injured when a chimney from a house that had exploded fell on his car. Over-pressurized gas lines likely triggered the firey blasts in three communities north of Boston on September 13, emergency officials said.
Columbia Gas shut off service for roughly 8,000 customers in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover while emergency responders battled three explosions and more than sixty structure fires.
Rondon, who just got his driver’s license, had been visiting a friend and was sitting in a car near 35 Chickering Rd when the explosions began. A chimney from a house that exploded fell on his car. Emergency responders rushed him to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he was pronounced dead around 8:30 p.m.
Kurt Schwartz, director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), said dozens of people were treated for explosion injuries which include smoke inhalation, blunt force trauma, crush injuries and penetrating trauma from flying debris.
Gas Company Announced Upgrade
Earlier in the day, Columbia Gas announced projects to update gas pipelines in a number of communities including those where the fires and explosions occurred. According to statements MEMA has published on Twitter, the specific cause of the over-pressurization of the gas lines has not yet been identified. The ongoing investigation includes local, state and federal agencies including the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB is the federal agency charged with pipeline oversight.
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