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Multiple explosions set ablaze 23 buildings in US

IANS  |  Washington 

A series of damaged at least 23 buildings and residences, and injured many in several towns in the US, state authorities said on Thursday.

The incident began about 5 p.m. when several explosions occurred in buildings in the towns of Lawrence, and

The reason for the blasts, so far, is unknown, reported.

state police said at least 23 explosions and subsequent fires had occurred at a number of different addresses, although reported that more blasts had taken place in nearby areas.

The fires were attributed to possible problems with the and security forces urged local residents to leave their homes immediately if they smell gas or suspect that they could catch fire.

reported that said that between 25 and 30 active fires were being battled in and at least 18 more in

"There are multiple basement fires in Andover. It's some kind of gas issue," Lt. said.

"We urge residents if they are smelling gas to get out of the house and contact 911. We will get units out there," he added.



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First Published: Fri, September 14 2018. 06:32 IST