Thousands still in shelters, without power after gas explosions in Merrimack Valley

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Thousands of people are still in shelters Saturday morning, after a string of deadly gas explosions set fire to dozens of houses in the Merrimack Valley Thursday.

Authorities believe over-pressurized gas lines caused the explosions, and started 80 house fires.

A teenager was killed, and at least 25 others were injured. 

8,600 Columbia Gas customers from Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover had to be evacuated.

According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency outage map, as of Saturday morning 10,493 people in Lawrence were still without power.

Additionally, 4,984 people in Andover and 1,043 people in North Andover were still without power.

“Once utilities secure affected areas we will work with the fed govt. to investigate how this occurred and who should be held accountable for the results and their actions.”

Eversource Energy is now in charge of the restoration efforts, but it could be weeks before residents can return home.

You can help those affected by the explosions by clicking here to donate to the Red Cross.

Starting Monday during the 5 p.m. parade at the Big E 22News will also be accepting donations for the Red Cross Disaster Relief. 

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