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Fri Sep 14, 2018, 08:41 AM

If not for the Hurricane, this would be the major news story of the day.

Gas explosion in Massachusetts leaves one dead
Officials said they didn't know when affected residents in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover could return to their homes.
by Tim Stelloh and Tom Winter / Sep.13.2018 / 7:05 PM ET / Updated Sep.14.2018 / 8:31 AM ET

A teenager was killed in a series of gas explosions that set off dozens of house fires in three Boston suburbs, and officials told affected residents early Friday morning that they could be out of their homes indefinitely.

Leonel Robson, 18, of Lawrence, Mass., was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, after a chimney from a house explosion in Lawrence fell on the car he was in, the Essex County District Attorney's office said.

His was the only fatality in the gas explosions, which resulted in power cut to more than 8,000 homes in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, Mass.

Another 25 people were hospitalized, most with minor injuries, officials said.

As many as 80 homes were burned or damaged, and there were three separate explosions, officials said.

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https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/nearly-40-fires-explosions-erupt-massachusetts-n909446


80 homes destroyed, thousands evacuated from their homes, no one knows what caused the explosions. Normally news organizations would be covering this wall to wall interviewing residents, gov't officials and others. But they're all in the Carolinas.





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Reply If not for the Hurricane, this would be the major news story of the day. (Original post)
Fla Dem Sep 14 OP
Iliyah Sep 14 #1
Fla Dem Sep 14 #3
Sherman A1 Sep 14 #4
House of Roberts Sep 14 #6
Barbchris Sep 14 #19
gopiscrap Sep 25 #28
PatSeg Sep 14 #17
riversedge Sep 14 #2
tymorial Sep 14 #13
riversedge Sep 14 #18
mountain grammy Sep 14 #5
PoindexterOglethorpe Sep 14 #7
bluescribbler Sep 14 #8
elmac Sep 14 #9
mountain grammy Sep 14 #10
radical noodle Sep 14 #11
smirkymonkey Sep 14 #12
Hortensis Sep 14 #14
Chalco Sep 14 #15
eppur_se_muova Sep 14 #24
flibbitygiblets Sep 14 #26
Pepsidog Sep 14 #16
iluvtennis Sep 14 #20
The Conductor Sep 14 #21
eppur_se_muova Sep 14 #25
eppur_se_muova Sep 14 #22
lagomorph777 Sep 14 #23
Mc Mike Sep 14 #27

Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 08:42 AM

1. Ya think they could cover more than one issue at a time.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 08:56 AM

3. Yep, my point exactly.

Like Ari Velshi, but had enough of him standing on the beach repeating the same thing over and over.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 08:58 AM

4. They have been doing some on this event

however a whole lot of resources have been deployed by the networks to cover the hurricane and hence they have to get some return on the investments made.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 09:55 AM

6. They're losing on that ROI.

I'm NOT buying didley-squat from Wayfair, EVER. They got nothin' I need.

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Response to House of Roberts (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:51 AM

19. That darn doorbell!

Wayfair lost my business because they use a doorbell in their ads. My dogs go crazy and run to
the door every time! How do they not know this?

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Response to Barbchris (Reply #19)

Tue Sep 25, 2018, 02:07 AM

28. welcome to DU

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:42 AM

17. I heard about it around 5:00 pm

from my daughter-in-law, but I didn't see anything on MSNBC until after 9:00. This was a big story, but apparently cable news can only handle one or two at a time.

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 08:54 AM

2. Thanks for the map. What a freaky, horrible thing to happen to these people.

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Response to riversedge (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:15 AM

13. I know

I can't imagine the parents and family of that 18 year old boy who died not to mention the rest injured. Lawrence is completely blocked off and no one is allowed in. People will not be able to get into their homes for at least a week and a half according to the press conference i watched earlier. The local news reporters were saying that people were just walking around because they didn't know where to go or what to do. So awful.

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Response to tymorial (Reply #13)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:42 AM

18. We had a gas leak here in mom's little town this week....

They evacuated the school--public and Catholic to another town next door---and the Assisted Living home etc. And all the people. But we were allowed in later that day. I had to take mom--93 years old--hard to navigate with her. Freaky--seems some hit a gas line. But never had to evacuate the whole town before. No one hurt, thank the heavens. there was a lot of grumbling about how the fire dept had over-reacted--but then this freaking MA thing happens. Maybe the grumbling will start.

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 09:49 AM

5. Thanks for posting..

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:00 AM

7. What's astonishing is that only one person was killed.

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:04 AM

8. What I find amazing is how widespread the destruction is.

n/t

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:04 AM

9. Gun porn or hurricane porn is 24/7

its all about the entertainment value, profits, eyes on the shiny objects. News for the sake of news died decades ago.

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:05 AM

10. help from the feds?

Baker also said investigators from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board would look into whether there was a connection between the explosion and a notice sent earlier in the day to Columbia Gas utility customers, saying the company would be "updating natural gas lines."


Is there anyone left in any of these agencies?

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:12 AM

11. Between Florence and Manafort

this story doesn't have a chance.

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:12 AM

12. K&R

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:24 AM

14. Instead of attempted authoritarian takeover of SCOTUS and Trump-Russia?

Sadly, possibly yes.

But do a bunch of boom-booms and a tragic death really warrant top national attention? This story is new, noisy and in the MSM's back yard, and it bleeds! All the elements to lead. But only briefly. Puerto Rico made it back long enough to provide mud to throw at Trump but is mostly gone again. Wildfires are still raging out west... What wild-, oh really? Still?

National ADHD? Too much to care about, too little time?

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:28 AM

15. I am very curious about the cause.

The pattern in the photo doesn't make sense. I hope there
was no criminal activity involved. Negligence by the gas
company is enough.

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Response to Chalco (Reply #15)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 11:24 AM

24. Two obvious candidates: extreme pressure surge and contamination by corrosives or ...

possibly something more explosive than NG itself, such as hydrogen or acetylene.

On reflection, contamination by H2 seems a good candidate. Nothing in the world leaks as easily as H2, and it can diffuse through glass and some metals. Regular NG connections and valves would leak badly, and the explosive limits of H2/air mixtures are pretty broad.

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #24)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 12:09 PM

26. Rachel reported on this more than anywhere else (besides DU!. Mentioned depressurizing the gas lines

and mass texts advising everyone to get out of their homes immediately until the lines were depressurized.


Totally agree, especially since Florence is Cat 1 now, maybe news outlets could perhaps cover the dozens of people whose houses are literally exploding? Nope, they've already deployed their reporters to stand around in the rain and tell us over and over what we already know.

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:29 AM

16. This a sad and extremely bizarre and in our dystopian country barely noticed.

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:51 AM

20. Yep, there was one blip on it on TV last night. No reason why M$M can't provide coverage of MANY

events...I'm tired of the wall to wall coverage of the hurricane. Yes, I want updates on what's happening with Hurricane Florence, but I don't want them 24/7. The media loves to exploit stuff.

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 11:18 AM

21. Could be a tragic accident, but still very serious...

Gas companies distribute to homes at a pretty low pressure - as low as 1/4 psi for home use, though generally a bit higher. For comparison, water pressure is around 60 pounds here, even in a far out suburb. If the high pressure gas line at 1,500 PSI was accidentally connected to the home supplies, it would likely cause the exact effects seen - blowing out every appliance everywhere on the line with the same effect as if you put that 1,500 psi into a balloon.

That should never happen, of course, and you'd think there'd be protections against it, but it does not seem any emergency blowout was in place.

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Response to The Conductor (Reply #21)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 11:25 AM

25. Thanks for the info. Pressure surge was my first guess, and contamination a close second. nt

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 11:19 AM

22. Rachel managed to wedge it in, despite it being a very busy news day.

Of course, she lives in (western) MA, so she might be more interested than most journos.

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 11:22 AM

23. What could cause this? Massive pressure surge along the pipeline?

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Response to Fla Dem (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 04:36 PM

27. Remote control shut off valves hacked, maybe.

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