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One man dies as fires, explosions rock Lawrence area

One man died Thursday as firefighters were called to dozens of addresses in Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover for reports of fires, explosions, or gas odors. All residents of those areas who have Columbia Gas have been urged to evacuate.

Lawrence, MA--9/13/2018-- People cover their faces to protect themselves from heavy smoke from a fire on Bowdoin Street in Lawrence. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Reporter:

For residents, the day suddenly turned chaotic

The sudden eruptions shocked residents, who struggled to make sense of the ensuing chaos.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/01/19/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/kreiter_stpaul1_met-12116.jpg Overseer to work with St. Paul’s after criminal investigation

The agreement requires St. Paul’s School to report alleged abuse of students to the overseer and the New Hampshire Department of Justice before launching an internal investigation.

Gardner, MA - 9/13/2018 -Construction on the GFA Federal Credit Union in Gardner takes place on a cloudy Thursday afternoon on September 13, 2018. The GFA Federal Credit Union in Gardner will become the first financial institution in Massachusetts to service recreational marijuana companies. The news comes as a relief to cannabis executives who feared they would have to have to operate all-cash businesses. (Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe) Topic: (metro)

Michael Swensen for The Boston Globe

Mass. credit union will serve recreational marijuana companies

The decision by GFA Federal Credit Union means consumers should be able to pay for pot with plastic.