PUBLIC SAFETY

The remains of a home that collpased on Chickering Road in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on September 13, 2018.
Melissa Hanson / MassLive / masslive.com/photos

Officials and residents in three eastern Massachusetts communities spent the weekend dealing with cleanup and recovery after natural gas problems triggered fires and explosions.

A swimmer has died after being bitten by a shark in the waters off Wellfleet, Mass., in what appears to be the state's first fatal shark attack in more than 80 years.

The attack occurred on Saturday near Newcomb Hollow Beach on Cape Cod. Wellfleet Police Lt. Michael Hurley told The Associated Press that the victim was a man in his mid-20s, but his identity has not been disclosed.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno in February 2018.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts, has offered help to the mayor of Lawrence, Massachusetts, after a series of natural gas explosions and fires there, and in Andover and North Andover.

A view on November 23, 2012, from Armory Commons in Springfield, Massachusetts, of some of the damage to the areas on Worhtington St. after a gas explosion.
David Molnar / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

A natural gas explosion impacting three communities north of Boston is not the first in recent years for the company, Columbia Gas. 

Gov. Baker Declares State Of Emergency After Gas Explosions Rock 3 Mass. Communities

Sep 14, 2018

Thousands of people were still waiting to go home Friday after a series of gas explosions ignited fires in parts of Lawrence, North Andover and Andover Thursday evening.

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