Victim of natural gas explosions remembered 1 year later

September 13, 2019

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — An intersection in a Massachusetts city affected by a series of natural gas explosions a year ago has been dedicated in honor of the only person to die in the disaster.

The square in Lawrence named for 18-year-old Leonel Rondon was dedicated Friday, the one year anniversary of the fires and explosions that affected Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.

Rondon, who had just gotten his driver’s license, was in an SUV that was crushed when the chimney of his friend’s home that exploded fell on it.

The unveiling of the plaque was attended by Rondon’s family, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Dan Rivera, among others.

Rivera said the dedication was to “make sure people don’t ever forget.”

Federal investigators say the explosions were caused by over-pressurized gas lines.