2018-09-14 Could explosions and fires in Massachusetts involve smeters??

[5G mmW Microcell / Small Cell Towers Antenna Siting Legislation – AAP – BC Auditor General Carol BellringerBC Hydro Legacy Meter Removals (Al Dodd, Lawyer, RCMP, Ted Olynyk) – Bees – Birds – Cece Doucette – Cell Phones – Corix – Devra Davis, EHT – FCC – Fibre Optics – Firefighters’ Exemption from SB 649 – Health – IAFF – International EMF Scientist Appeal – IoT – Measurement Canada Certificate Expired Notification Letter – Military Weapons – NTP – Opt-out Fees – Property Values – Radio-off Smart Meters – Re-Inventing Wires by Timothy D. Schoechle – RF Microwave Radiation – Safety – Studies – Verizon (Jason L., Lowell McAdam) – Wildlife – Wireless – Write to Journalists (Farah Stockman, Jacey Fortin, Katharine Q. Seelye, Monica Davey) re Possible Connection between Smart Meters & Columbia Gas Explosions / Fires (Andrew Maylor, Annie Wilson, Bruce Razin, Charlie Baker, Dan RiveraJessica Wilson, Joseph Solomon, Leonel Rondon, Maria Santana, Mark McDonald, Maureen Taylor, Michael Mansfield, Phil Decologero, Ra Nam) | Port Hardy, BC – Andover & Lawrence & North Andover, Massachusetts, USA] & (videos)

1)  Recently, BC Hydro is hard at removing analogs everywhere, even entering a garage while the owner is gone.  Look at the “alternate facts” Olynyk says to explain it – “Measurement Canada” is requiring it and will fine BC Hydro. This company keeps pushing its twisted agenda – and we must demand a review by the Auditor General.

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https://www.northislandgazette.com/news/port-hardy-resident-furious-over-smart-meter-installation/

Port Hardy resident furious over smart meter installation

https://www.northislandgazette.com/news/port-hardy-resident-furious-over-smart-meter-installation/

“They came into my house without consent and it wasn’t even a BC Hydro employee.”

https://www.northislandgazette.com/news/port-hardy-resident-furious-over-smart-meter-installation/

 

 

 

 

 

2) On Devra Davis’s website, there is a link to excellent info about 5G, including links to many studies that support strong statements.

http://www.stopsmartmetersbc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/5g-The-Largest-Biological-Experiment-Ever-Poster.jpg

Top 20 Facts on 5G: What You Need To Know About 5G Wireless and “Small” Cells

https://ehtrust.org/key-issues/cell-phoneswireless/5g-internet-everything/20-quick-facts-what-you-need-to-know-about-5g-wireless-and-small-cells/

3)   A couple of days ago in Massachusetts, many homes in 3 separate communities caught fire and exploded. If, as suspected, leaking gas was the cause, imagine how sparks from smeters might have contributed. I asked Cece Doucette, who lives in Mass. and has been a leader in the fight against microwave radiation, if there were any questions about smeters being involved and she said not so far, but the investigation is ongoing. I couldn’t find any newer info than that in the articles below. Cece asked if I would encourage our members to write to the authors of the article, not just comments in the article itself, telling them about the smeters being fire hazards and asking if anyone has looked into the possibility that they contributed to the horror.

‘It Looked Like Armageddon’: Deadly Gas Blasts Rock 3 Mass. Towns

“A series of gas explosions an official described as “Armageddon” ignited dozens of fires across three communities north of Boston, killed at least one person and forced entire neighborhoods in the Merrimack Valley to evacuate Thursday

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency suspected the explosions were caused by an “over-pressurization of a gas main” belonging to Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, which services the area, but officials who responded to the area were still investigating what happened.”

https://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Multiple-Fires-Reported-in-Lawrence-Mass-493188501.html 

To send an email, click on the “envelope” above the first video at the top of the article.

Dozens of Homes Burn in Andover and Lawrence, Mass., Gas Explosions

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/us/lawrence-massachusetts-explosion-gas-fire.html#commentsContainer

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Emails to the journalists can be sent via this form:  https://www.nytimes.com/svc/int/functions/contact-reporter

 

Dozens of Homes Burn in Andover and Lawrence, Mass., Gas Explosions

Flames consuming the roof of a home in Lawrence, Mass., a suburb of Boston.  One person was killed and more than 20 were injured after explosions at dozens of homes in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.     Credit WCVB, via Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Violent explosions and billowing fires tore through three towns north of Boston late Thursday afternoon, damaging dozens of houses, forcing thousands of stunned residents to evacuate and plunging much of the region into an eerie darkness.

One person was killed and more than 20 were injured in the sudden string of explosions caused by gas leaks in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover as blackish-gray clouds of smoke rolled across rooftops and flames shot into the sky.

Leonel Rondon, 18, was killed while he sat in a car in the driveway of a home in Lawrence, the authorities said. A chimney fell onto the car, they said, when the home, on Chickering Road, exploded.

Across the region, residents returned from work to find their homes burning and neighbors standing outside with no clear sense of what to do. Firefighters and other emergency workers raced from block to block, urging residents to evacuate to shelters that were hastily being opened. Along some blocks, the smell of gas hung in the air, and cellphones buzzed with evacuation warnings.

“It looked like Armageddon, it really did,” Michael Mansfield, the fire chief of Andover, who has worked as a firefighter for almost four decades, told a CBS station in Boston. “There were billows of smoke coming from Lawrence behind me. I could see plumes of smoke in front of me from the town of Andover. It looked like an absolute war zone.”

The string of explosions, fires and reports of gas odor — at least 70 of them, although officials were still trying to account for all of the damage late Thursday — came suddenly, beginning shortly before 5 p.m., without warning and without an immediate explanation from officials. But natural gas, and the possibility that gas had become overpressurized in a main, was the focus of many local authorities.

Earlier in the day, a local gas company, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, had announced that it was “upgrading natural gas lines in neighborhoods across the state.” On Friday morning, the company said in a statement that workers would need to visit each of the 8,600 affected customers to inspect the gas meter.

Dan Rivera, the mayor of Lawrence, said it may take days to ensure that

homes are safe to enter. Credit CJ Gunther/EPA, via Sutterstock

 

“We expect this will be an extended restoration effort,” the statement said.

With three communities that are home to more than 100,000 people involved, the aftermath was chaotic, confusing and shifting by the minute. In some neighborhoods, firefighters found themselves putting out one fire, only to find another breaking out next door or down the block. Images from Lawrence showed several housing complexes bursting with flames and thick smoke billowing as firefighters rushed to the scenes.

Annie Wilson, 73, was home alone in her third-floor apartment in south Lawrence when she smelled smoke. She opened her back door and smoke poured into the house. She ran out the front, and her parakeets flew away as she tried to rescue them.

Fire quickly consumed the building. Ms. Wilson said she lost everything, including her husband’s ashes, which were in an urn, all her family photographs and all her clothes.

“It was just crazy,” said Jessica Wilson, 43, Ms. Wilson’s daughter-in-law. “People were walking in the street with bags, kids were crying, there were sirens all over the place.”

In the long hours after the fires, sections of the communities turned dark and silent, with power turned off and people told to leave. More than 18,000 customers were without electricity at one point on Thursday night. Long lines of traffic jammed the roads out of some towns. Traffic was crammed, too, near roads to shelters that were opened to those left homeless. Some exits off the major interstate highways were closed, and officials said the area’s schools would be shuttered on Friday.

Thousands of people were left to sort out what to do. Some people said they were told to leave only if they smelled gas; others said they were told to leave regardless. Residents said they were uncertain whether to stay or go, and when they might return. “What we need folks to do is that if it’s happening in your home, you have a funny smell, just evacuate, come out to the street,” Mayor Dan Rivera of Lawrence told WBZ-TV.

The worst part, said Maria Santana, who was at home in Lawrence when she smelled gas, was that the explosions came without warning and that no one in authority seemed to have any idea of what was happening. A school not far from her home that her children and grandchildren had attended was damaged, she said.

“We didn’t know anything then and we still don’t know anything,” she said. “We don’t even know how we’re standing up right now.”

Natural gas, and the possibility that gas had become overpressurized in a main,

was the focus of many local authorities on Thursday evening.

Credit Carl Russo/The Eagle-Tribune, via Associated Press

 

Maureen Taylor, 55, had been putting a roast in the oven at her Andover home when something seemed strange: The gas stove made the usual clicking noises, but it would not light.

“I wasn’t getting any gas,” she said. “It was very bizarre.”

A minute or so later, her phone buzzed with an alarm telling her to evacuate.

“I’m very lucky that the stove didn’t go off,” she said.

On her way to a senior center for shelter, Ms. Taylor saw two homes in her neighborhood burning. Officers were gathered on the streets. At the senior center, Ms. Taylor said she was surrounded by dozens of other people who wondered what would come next.

“They’re worried about getting home,” she said. “They’re worried about their animals. Because really we were just given a few minutes to evacuate, and we keep hearing new information about whether we’re going to go back tonight or not.”

As the night wore on, leaders of the three towns suggested that residents who had been evacuated needed to stay away — at least for now. No timeline for cleanup and safety checks was set, they said, and no one had a real sense of how much damage had been done.

Mr. Rivera said the affected properties in Lawrence were south of the Merrimack River. He warned people not to return to their homes on Thursday evening, and that it may take days to ensure that homes are safe to enter.

“If you are out of the house, stay away from your properties until we have made it safe for everyone,” Mr. Rivera said. “If you have not evacuated, you have just got to go. Trust us when we tell you that if you stay in your home, you will be at risk.”

Gov. Charlie Baker said public safety officers and government officials are focused on trying to make sure that people are safe and that communities make it through the night safely, despite the loss of power and lingering fears over gas. Later, he said, he will turn his attention to what caused the explosion.

“We’ll get to the question about what happened,” he said.

Katharine Q. Seelye reported from Lawrence, Mass.; Farah Stockman from Cambridge, Mass.; Jacey Fortin from New York; and Monica Davey from Chicago. Andrew R. Chow and Julia Jacobs contributed reporting from New York.

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