This is scary as heck.
According to this, dozens of homes in communities outside of Boston are on fire due to what authorities believe are gas-related explosions.
Preliminary numbers estimate that between 60 to 100 homes in the Merrimack Valley caught fire in the towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, Methuen Police Chief Joseph Soloman said.
State Police (MSP) confirmed on Twitter that at least 70 locations were affected by fires, explosions and “investigations of gas odor.”
Residents in the aforementioned towns that are serviced by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts “should evacuate their homes immediately if they have not already done so,” police advised. Gas service was shut down by the company to roughly 8,000 customers.
More from Twitter:
MSP Fusion Center has current updated tally of responses to fires/explosions/investigations of gas odor at 70. Spread over wide swath of south #Lawrence and northern part of #NorthAndover with several others across Merrimack River in north Lawrence. pic.twitter.com/a7kBYaWFrJ
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) September 13, 2018
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 13, 2018
Breaking: Reports of up to 50 fires burning in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover in Massachusetts due to a gas main issue. Authorities urge residents with gas service in these areas to evacuate. @boston25 reports that at least one person has died. pic.twitter.com/BuGrcxjFAP
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) September 13, 2018
At Least 20 Home Explosions Reported In Massachusetts:
– Lawrence, Andover & North Andover
– Injuries Reported
– Evacuations Underway
– If Residents There Know How To Safely Shut Off Your Gas, DO IT NOWhttps://t.co/GFN2CCTqbx pic.twitter.com/7KI1WnhO5e
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 13, 2018
North Andover, Massachusetts police ordering emergency evacuation of any house or business using gas… https://t.co/qeNiE4UjE7
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) September 13, 2018
— CNN (@CNN) September 14, 2018
— srb news (@srbnews0) September 14, 2018
Gas explosión, múltiple houses on fine. This one is on Market Street pic.twitter.com/beHML8Sq9j
— julissa (@jliss1979) September 13, 2018
On the approach to Lawrence MA, multiple gas fires underway … pic.twitter.com/8JLOLl4Imi
— Bill Sheerin (@AssignGuy) September 13, 2018
Not good. Stay safe, everyone.