September 14, 2018 / 7:31 PM / 12 days ago

Massachusetts governor declares state of emergency after gas blasts

BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency on Friday after gas explosions in suburbs north of Boston the day before, and faulted the response of the Columbia Gas of Massachusetts unit of NiSource Inc (NI.N).

A police officer stands outside a home where a man died in a series of gas explosions in Lawrence, Massachusetts, September 14, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Speaking at a briefing with local news media, which was broadcast, Baker said he was putting another utility with local operations, Eversource Energy, (ES.N) in charge of the response to the situation.

Reporting by Ross Kerber in Boston; Editing by Susan Thomas

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