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Deadly gas explosions rock Boston-area towns

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Some 8,000 people were driven from their homes in towns near Boston by a series of gas explosions, and it was unclear on Friday when they could go back.

The blasts killed at least one person, injured 12 more and destroyed dozens of homes and other buildings in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence on Thursday.

Residents who were evacuated “should expect that the restoration process will take several days or longer,” Andrew Maylor, the town manager of North Andover, said on Twitter.

Firefighters raced for hours from one blaze to another and utility crews rushed to shut off gas and electricity to prevent further explosions. Fire and utility crews were going door to door to conduct safety checks, officials said.

Some 70 fires, explosions or investigations of gas odor were reported, Massachusetts State Police said. (Reuters)

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Firefighters battle a house fire, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, on Herrick Road in North Andover, Mass., one of multiple emergency crews responding to a series of gas explosions and fires triggered by a problem with a gas line that feeds homes in several communities north of Boston. (Photo: Mary Schwalm/AP)


Firefighters inspect a home after a gas explosions on Sept. 13, 2018 in North Andover, Mass. (Photo: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)


Firefighters inspect a home after a gas explosions on Sept. 13, 2018 in North Andover, Mass. (Photo: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)


Firefighters inspect a home after gas explosions on Sept. 13, 2018 in North Andover, Mass. (Photo: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)


Firefighters inspect a home after a gas explosions on Sept. 13, 2018 in North Andover, Mass. (Photo: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)


Firefighters inspect a home after gas explosions on Sept. 13, 2018 in North Andover, Mass. (Photo: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)


Firefighters battle a house fire, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, on Herrick Road in North Andover, Mass., one of multiple emergency crews responding to a series of gas explosions and fires triggered by a problem with a gas line that feeds homes in several communities north of Boston. (Photo: Mary Schwalm/AP)


In this image take from video provided by WCVB in Boston, flames consume the roof of a home in Lawrence, Mass, a suburb of Boston, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (Photo: WCVB via AP)


In this image take from video provided by WCVB in Boston, firefighters battle a raging house fire in Lawrence, Mass, a suburb of Boston, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (Photo: WCVB via AP)


A building burns after explosions in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in this Sept. 13, 2018 photo from social media. (Photo: Boston Sparks/Social Media/via Reuters)


A fire engine is seen near a building emitting smoke after explosions in Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States in this Sept. 13, 2018 photo from social media. (Photo: Boston Sparks/Social Media/via Reuters)


Firefighters inspect a home after a gas explosions on Sept. 13, 2018 in North Andover, Mass. (Photo: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)


Firefighters inspect a home after a gas explosions on Sept. 13, 2018 in North Andover, Mass. (Photo: Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)