18-year-old Lawrence man killed by falling chimney in gas explosion

LAWRENCE, MASS. (WHDH) - An 18-year-old Lawrence man who was celebrating getting his driver’s license with his friends was killed Thursday when a house explosion sent a chimney falling onto his vehicle, officials said.

Leonel Rondon was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital about 8:30 p.m., according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office.

Rondon was sitting in a car outside 35 Chickering Road when a chimney from a house explosion fell onto the vehicle.

Family members said Rondon recently got his driver’s license and was sitting in the car with two friends, both of whom remain hospitalized.

At least 12 other people were being treated at Lawrence General Hospital, one of whom suffered serious injuries.

The victims are said to have suffered various injuries ranging from smoke inhalation to blast trauma.

Two firefighters and two civilians were also injured in Andover.

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