Afraid of furnace exploding in home

Im a single mom and i rent and this year as I started my furnace for cold weather, it was installed in 88 lol...every time it kicks on or adjust temps a loud huge boom shakes the bedroom next to the furnace room and the room fills with a gas and smoky smell for a few minutes, the booming is very scary and I'm afraid it will explode or start fire, landlord says he has a new furnace but haven't heard from him in weeks, this isnt a daily thing it happens several or more times a day, kids are scared and my dogs are under the bed? worried have three kids and three furry kids...are we safe for now til new furnace comes?
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