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In Pictures: Deadly gas explosion hits communities north of Boston

One person was killed and at least 10 were hurt in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.

A series of gas explosions have struck at least 39 homes north of Boston, Massachusetts.

An 18-year-old died after a chimney toppled onto his car, and at least 10 other people were injured.

Whole areas were evacuated as fire crews were scrambled to fight the flames.

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The company that owns Columbia Gas says its crews are performing safety checks (Suzanne Kreiter/Boston Globe/AP)
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Andover fire chief Michael Mansfield compared the conflagration to ‘Armageddon’ (Phil Marcelo/AP)
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Firefighters battle a house fire on Herrick Road in North Andover (Mary Schwalm/AP)
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A problem with a gas line that feeds homes in several communities is thought to be behind the explosion (Tim Jean/Eagle-Tribune/AP)
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Governor Charlie Baker said it could take days or weeks before the cause of the blasts is discovered (WCVB/AP)
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Evacuations were ordered in several areas (Phil Marcelo/AP)
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Lawrence General Hospital said it was treating 10 victims, including at least one in critical condition (Mary Schwalm/AP)

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