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A Year After Merrimack Valley Explosions, Lawrence Mayor Says Community Is Still Repairing

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Utility contractors dig up the road above natural gas lines along Dracut Street in Lawrence. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Utility contractors dig up the road above natural gas lines along Dracut Street in Lawrence. (Charles Krupa/AP)
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People in Andover, North Andover and Lawrence are marking one year ago today when over-pressurized natural gas lines owned by Columbia Gas sparked a series of explosions and fires.

A Lawrence man was killed and more than 130 buildings were destroyed or damaged.

Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera joined WBUR's Morning Edition host Bob Oakes to discuss the work left to be done for the city to fully recover.

This segment aired on September 13, 2019.

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Bob Oakes was a senior correspondent in the WBUR newsroom, a role he took on in 2021 after nearly three decades hosting WBUR's Morning Edition.

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