Local lawmakers respond to the eastern Massachusetts gas explosions

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In the wake of the gas explosions in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, local politicians told 22News the state will be working to answer questions. 

“People started wondering, is it safe to turn on your gas? What happened? What caused this?” said State Senator Don Humason Jr. “The government plays a role, as do regulators. But we have to find what happened? First and foremost, make sure it doesn’t happen again. Anywhere else.”

The explosions in eastern Massachusetts served as a reminder to local lawmakers of the damage a gas leak could cause. Eighteen people were injured in 2012 when a natural gas explosion destroyed multiple buildings on Worthington Street in Springfield.

State Representative Nicholas Boldyga and Humason said people need to be held responsible when something like this happens. 

“We want to make sure everything is being done that can be done,” said Boldyga. “The governor has been out there everyday making sure things are addressed.”

Lawmakers also said they want to make sure the government helps the victims of the gas explosions get back on their feet. A relief fund is being setup by the state, and Governor Charlie Baker said he hopes it’s up and running by the end of the week. 

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