Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Officials Warn of Donations Scam in Wake of Massachusetts Gas Explosions

Officials Warn of Donations Scam in Wake of Massachusetts Gas Explosions

A strong gas odor has brought officials back to one of the MA communities rocked just days ago by natural gas explosions and fires. No one at PHMSA could immediately be reached for comment Friday on details of the MA explosions.

In Chicago in January 1992, a surge of gas was the cause of at least 10 fires and explosions, the Chicago Tribune reported at the time.

MA officials are warning of a scam targeting people seeking to help those displaced by the natural gas explosions and fires that rocked the Merrimack Valley north of Boston.


Government records reveal at least three other serious explosions in Massachusetts, West Virginia and OH that are all linked to Columbia Gas.

He said investigators will be working to develop a timeline, including how local utility officials reacted to the pressure increase.

Teams of technicians, police and fire crews are going door-to-door in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover to make sure the gas is safely turned off so they can begin the process of getting people back into their homes. A NiSource spokesman said he couldn't confirm details of the blasts as outlined in the note.

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