Série d'explosions au gaz près de Boston

14 Septembre, 2018, 15:35 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau

Dix personnes ont été blessées jeudi et les autorités ont demandé aux habitants de trois localités au nord de Boston, aux Etats-Unis, d'évacuer après des explosions en série qui seraient liées à une fuite de gaz, a annoncé la police de l'Etat du Massachusetts.

Selon Joseph Salomon, le chef de la police de Methuen (l'une des communes cocernées), les départs de feux sont tellement nombreux "qu'on ne peut pas les compter depuis le ciel".

Les secours ont recensé 70 alertes pour des incendies, des explosions et des odeurs de gaz à Lawrence, Andover et North Andover, des municipalités avoisinantes de la métropole.

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"Evacuez tous les bâtiments et toutes les maisons", répétait un responsable par haut-parleur dans l'une des localités, selon une vidéo amateur publiée par le journal local Eagle Tribune. La police a par ailleurs publié une carte montrant toutes les explosions recensées. La raison possible à ces explosions serait la survenance d'un problème pour la compagnie de gaz, qui l'avait signalé.

Les pompiers ont eu à combattre jusqu'à 35 incendies dans une des trois villes.

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