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  • Accident No: PLD18MR003
  • Accident Type: Office of Railroad, Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Investigations
  • Location: Merrimack Valley, MA
  • Date: 9/13/2018

‚ÄčThe NTSB has launched an investigation team to the scene of multiple explosions and fires caused by a natural gas release in the Lawrence, MA area.

On September 13, 2018, about 4 p.m. eastern daylight time, an over-pressure of a low-pressure natural gas distribution system occurred in the city of Lawrence and the towns of Andover and North Andover in Massachusetts that resulted in fires or explosions at over 60 locations.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

9/24/2019 - Board Meeting

11/26/2018 - Testimony of The Honorable Robert L. Sumwalt, III, Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board, Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation United States Senate on Pipeline Safety in the Merrimack Valley: Incident Prevention and Response, Lawrence, MA

Contact: NTSB Media Relations
Keith Holloway
(202) 314-6100