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Family Of Lawrence Teen Killed In The Merrimack Valley Explosions Will Sue Columbia Gas

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The family of a teen killed when a series of natural gas explosions and explosions rocked communities north of Boston plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the utility company.

An undated photo of Leonel Rondon (Courtesy Lawrence Public Schools and Phoenix Charter Academy)
An undated photo of Leonel Rondon (Courtesy Lawrence Public Schools and Phoenix Charter Academy)

Attorney Doug Sheff told reporters Thursday Columbia Gas was reckless and should have to pay for last month's death of Leonel Rondon.

The high school junior died after the chimney of an exploding house crashed into his car and crushed him. He had received his driver's license just hours earlier.

Sheff says Rondon's family "wants justice" and to "find meaning in such a senseless death." He says the complaint will be filed at a later date.

A Columbia Gas spokesman didn't immediately respond to an email. The National Transportation Safety Board says over-pressurized gas lines caused the explosions.

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