Boston Duplex Explosion Injures 12
Details of the Blast
Preliminary reports say the explosion happened around 9:20 p.m. at 27 Hansborough Street in Dorchester. Residents report smelling gas just prior to the blast which injured at least 12 people and ignited a three-alarm fire.
Two elderly residents were taken to a local hospital in critical condition after sustaining serious injuries including burns. Others sustained minor injuries such as cuts and smoke inhalation. Nine people were reported as having been inside the duplex when the explosion happened, and three were injured by flying debris and glass on the street. An adjacent home was also damaged in the blast.
According to Interim Fire Commissioner John Hasson, the fire was extinguished shortly after 10 p.m., and the house was barely standing.
Residents of nearby homes described hearing a loud boom and felt homes shake.
Workers from the natural gas utility company, National Grid, were already in the area investigating reports of a gas odor.
Natural Gas Safety Tips
The following safety tips are provided by SafeGas.org.
- Immediately leave the area if you detect even a small trace of natural gas odor in the air. Once outside, contact your natural gas provider or call 9-1-1.
- Properly functioning pilot lights and burners should emit a steady blue flame.
- Areas surrounding all appliances and equipment should be kept clean and unblocked to provide proper air flow.
- Never let children play with or near natural gas appliances.
- Stoves and ovens should only be used for cooking.