Victim's sister speaks at Senate committee on gas explosions

  • As her mother Rosaly wipes away a tear, Lucianny Rondon, sister of Leonel Rondon, the young man killed in the Sept. 13, 2018, Merrimack Valley gas explosions, pauses while making a statement during a hearing on gas pipeline safety in the Merrimack Valley Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Lawrence, Mass. AP PHOTO/Winslow Townson

  • U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., center, a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation questions NiSource CEO Joe Hamrock during a hearing on gas pipeline safety in the Merrimack Valley Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Lawrence, Mass. Looking on are U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH and U.S. Sen Elizebeth Warren, D-Mass., right. AP PHOTO/Winslow Townson

  • As Steve Bryant, left, the President of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts looks on, Joe Hamrock, right, President and CEO of NiSource, speaks to U.S. Senators and Representatives during a hearing on gas pipeline safety in the Merrimack Valley Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Lawrence, Mass. AP PHOTO/Winslow Townson

  • U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., right, a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation pauses for an answer from NiSource CEO Joe Hamrock during a hearing on gas pipeline safety in the Merrimack Valley Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Lawrence, Mass. Looking on is U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-NH. AP PHOTO/Winslow Townson

  • U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., questions gas executives as U.S. Sen. Ed Market, D-Mass. looks on during a hearing on gas pipeline safety in the Merrimack Valley Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Lawrence, Mass. AP PHOTO/Winslow Townson

  • Members of the public gather with members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation during a hearing on gas pipeline safety with leaders of Columbia Gas and NiSource in the Merrimack Valley Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Lawrence, Mass. AP PHOTO/Winslow Townson

Published: 11/26/2018 1:48:05 PM

LAWRENCE, Mass. — The sister of the teenager who died in September's natural gas explosions in Massachusetts has told a U.S. Senate committee her family is seeking justice.

Lucianny Rondon, the sister of 18-year-old Leonel Rondon, tearfully said Monday at the special session in Lawrence that the family won't let her brother's death "be without meaning."

Leonel Rondon was killed when a chimney toppled by the explosions landed on his vehicle.

Congress members also called for executives at the utility company blamed for the explosions to step down as they directed sharp questions to company officials and regulators.

And Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera suggested Columbia Gas should not be allowed to operate in Massachusetts.

The Sept. 13 disaster injured about two dozen people, damaged more than 100 structures and left thousands without natural gas service.




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