Officials warn of donations scam in wake of gas explosions

Blanche Robertson
September 16, 2018

The deadly series of explosions along NiSource Inc.'s natural gas network near Boston on Thursday sounds exactly like an incident that rocked downtown Chicago 26 years ago, according to one lawmaker.

A technician who punctured a gas line was to blame for this 2012 blast in Springfield that destroyed a nightclub and damaged almost a dozen other buildings and injured 17 people.

"We're very interested to understand the operations of Columbia Gas", he said.

In the three MA communities rocked by a series of devastating gas fires and explosions, residents are running out of patience, with their fingers pointed at Columbia Gas.

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Sumwalt said it appears Columbia Gas' pipeline control centre in Columbus, Ohio, registered a pressure increase in the Lawrence area.

Company president Stephen Bryant defended his company's performance Friday, saying it had more than 300 workers and contractors responding, with another 100 on the way.

Officials, meanwhile, are also warning about donations scammers.

Local officials in Lawrence and Andover say residents have reported receiving calls from individuals falsely claiming they're collecting donations on behalf of a local firefighter's association for the disaster.

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