Thousands of Homes Still Without Gas Service After Blasts in Merrimack Valley - NBC10 Boston

Thousands of Homes Still Without Gas Service After Blasts in Merrimack Valley

Columbia Gas says service has been restored to about 4,450 of the nearly 7,500 gas meters that were shut off after the explosions

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    Cold Causing Problems For Families Displaced by Gas Disaster

    Stephanie Schratwieser says new space heaters in her Phillips Street apartment in Lawrence are welcome news for her family in the bitter November cold.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2018)

    The company at the center of the natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in September says it has restored gas service to about 60 percent of affected homes, but nearly 1,760 families remain in temporary housing.

    The Sept. 13 blasts in Andover, Lawrence and North Andover destroyed or damaged more than 130 structures, injured dozens and left at least one person dead. Gas service isn't expected to be fully restored until early December.

    Columbia Gas on Saturday released new data showing service has been restored to about 4,450 of the nearly 7,500 gas meters that were shut off after the explosions. Service also has been restored to about 76 percent of business meters.

    The company says it has paid nearly $58 million for customer claims so far.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

    Investigators have blamed overpressurization of gas lines for the explosions.


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