At least one person was killed and dozens more were injured on Thursday, September 13, 2018 after gas line explosions stunned three towns just north of Boston. Reports state there were multiple explosions, with more than 80 homes impacted by fire damage.
Earlier on Thursday, local gas company Columbia Gas of Massachusetts informed customers that it was "upgrading natural gas lines in neighborhoods across the state."
According to a letter from Massachusetts U.S. senators to executives of Columbia Gas, the pressure in the natural gas pipelines prior to the explosions and fires was 12 times higher than it should have been.
"The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has reported that the pressure in the Columbia Gas system should have been around 0.5 pounds per square inch (PSI), but readings in the area reached at least 6 PSI — twelve times higher than the system was intended to hold."
The explosions are currently being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Protect Your Legal Rights
If you or a loved one were injured or displaced due to the explosions, you have rights and could be entitled to compensation that may help ease the financial burden brought on by medical bills or property damage.
Some people are not comfortable with the idea of contacting a lawyer after a catastrophe. However, it's not about suing a person or company for everything they have – it’s about making sure you are not financially ruined by the potentially extreme costs associated with this type of tragedy.
Sokolove Law is based in Massachusetts and is ready to listen to your story and help you navigate the legal process during this difficult time. Contact us now to learn more about your legal options.