The U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said it was dispatching a team to support the state's emergency response efforts.
Neighborhoods across three communities were forced to evacuate as crews attempted to douse the flames and shut off gas and electric lines to prevent further damage. Gas remained shut off on Friday (Saturday NZT) in most of the area, and the streets were eerily deserted.
The teenager was taken to hospital but pronounced dead at 8.30pm, while 12 patients are being treated for injuries ranging from smoke inhalation to blast trauma.
"Incidents are across a wide swath of dozens of blocks across Lawrence and North Andover", state police said via Twitter.
"Good thing I wasn't home or I wouldn't be talking about it", she said outside an elementary school in Lawrence that the Red Cross had converted into a shelter for about 170 people.
People cover their faces to protect themselves from heavy smoke.
Columbia Gas of MA, a NiSource company, in an update posted to its website at 11:10 a.m. Friday, said, "What happened in the Merrimack Valley.was a tragic incident".
Early on Friday (Saturday NZT), the utility issued a statement saying its crews need to visit each of the 8600 affected customers to shut off each gas metre and conduct a safety inspection.
"We continue to prepare for multiple casualties", the hospital said. The Columbia Gas company had announced earlier that it would be upgrading gas lines in neighbourhoods across the state, including the area where the explosions happened.
It was not clear whether work was happening there at the time, and a spokeswoman did not immediately comment.
Columbia Gas was sued in 2014 after a strip club was destroyed in a natural gas explosion.
The streets were darkened after nightfall with power cut off to the area as a precaution.
"Numerous evacuations of neighborhoods where there are gas odors are underway", MSP tweeted.
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At the height of the disaster, Michael Rivera, who narrowly escaped a house fire, said his city "looked like a war zone". "It's total destruction. I'd be completely devastated".
Police drove up and down streets with bull horns telling residents to vacate their homes immediately.
Tyler Medeiros, 24, was sitting on his back patio in North Andover when police sirens started to go by.
A man whose neighbourhood was among those affected said he ran into his basement to find the room was glowing.
When he ran downstairs and saw the boiler on fire, he quickly grabbed a fire extinguisher and put it out.
Minutes later, he said he heard a loud booming sound from his neighbor's house. Nam said a woman and two kids had made it out of the house but the basement was on fire.
A hospital in Lawrence says it's treating six people injured in fires and explosions.
Firefighters from the region on Thursday night responded to 60-80 structure fires in the three communities and about 150 emergency calls, according to MEMA chief Kurt Schwartz.
Aerial footage of the area showed some homes that appeared to be torn apart by the blasts. Solomon, who responded to Lawrence to help, said there are so many fires "you can't even see the sky".
The former head of the agency, Brigham McCown, called the series of gas explosions "unprecedented, at least in recent memory".
Local media say the first of a series of explosions was triggered by an overpressurised gas line.
In the past 20 years, about 100 people have died and 400 more have been hurt in major natural gas pipeline accidents investigated by the NTSB. Consolidated Edison later agreed to pay $153 million to settle charges after the state's Public Service Commission found Con Ed violated state safety regulations.
No additional gas-related emergencies had been reported on Friday.
Mr Baker said that he told the utility company it must bring in additional resources and develop a comprehensive safety plan for each of the communities.
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The ocean waters that Florence is travelling over are about 2.7 degrees (1.5 degrees Celsius) warmer than normal, McNoldy said. Most manure pits could handle up to 25 inches of rain, Curliss said. "We've been very dry with hardly any rain in August".
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