— Boston-area gas explosions kill at least 1, injure 13, trigger evacuations, officials say
— 18-year-old killed inside a car when a chimney fell on his vehicle from a house explosion
— Gas-related explosions set fire to homes near Boston
Some residents were evacuated from their homes to senior centers and middle schools as officials investigated the situation, police said.
At least one person has been killed and others injured after a series of suspected gas explosions rocked towns north of Boston in Massachusetts on Thursday evening.
Local police reported “fires and explosions” at dozens of properties.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated, with gas and electricity services cut to try and prevent further incidents.
A local fire chief described it as an “overwhelming event” that resembled “Armageddon”.
“I have been in the fire service for almost 39 years and I have never seen anything like this in my entire career,” Andover Fire Rescue Chief Michael Mansfield said.
Officials have said that between 60 and 80 fires and a number of explosions broke out in homes and businesses in the towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover that are located approximately 30 miles (45km) north of Boston.
Witness accounts suggest the incidents began at about 16:30 local time (20:30 GMT).
Gas technicians are now going door-to-door with police and firefighters to check individual property safety.
Eighteen-year-old Leonel Rondon was killed inside a car in Lawrence when a chimney fell on his vehicle from a house explosion, a spokeswoman with the Essex County District Attorney’s office said.
Family members told local media that he had been in the car with two friends, who were now in hospital.
Officials say at least 25 people have been treated for injuries, but it is not clear how severe a condition they are in.