Multiple gas explosions and associated fires have been reported in the Merrimack Valley region, including in Lawrence (Massachusetts state), Andover (Massachusetts state), and North Andover (Massachusetts state), on the afternoon (local time) of Thursday, September 13. Emergency crews are reportedly responding to the incident and evacuating residents of affected neighborhoods. Further details, including regarding potential casualties, are still emerging. Localized traffic disruptions are expected in the area as the emergency response continues.
Individuals in the Merrimack Valley region are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid affected areas, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders).