No evidence deadly gas explosion near Boston was 'nefarious'

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 16, 2018

The deadly series of explosions along NiSource Inc.'s natural gas network near Boston on Thursday sounds exactly like an incident that rocked downtown Chicago 26 years ago, according to one lawmaker.

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said Saturday as federal officials opened their investigation into Thursday's disaster that there doesn't appeal to be "anything nefarious, anything suspicious, anything intentional".

"We have a whole system integrity system in place to monitor and measure the pressures in our lines and we do that 24/7".

Investigators expect to be on site up to ten days.

He said investigators will be working to develop a timeline going back at least three weeks, including reviewing any reports of gas odors reported by residents in the impacted communities of Lawrence, North Andover and Andover.

Debris was strewn over cars and driveways and homes were left in pieces after a series of gas explosions and fires erupted in three MA communities on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.

Sumwalt said it appears Columbia Gas' pipeline control centre in Columbus, Ohio, registered a pressure increase in the Lawrence area.

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