Major Explosion at New Hampshire Industrial Facility

Update 8:00 p.m. A spokeswoman for the company that runs a Peterborough (NH) ball bearing plant where an explosion happened this afternoon said that workers had been injured, but the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening (

“At this point we don’t know what caused the explosion, but we know it was an in-house issue,” Kathy Gerrity, assistant to the president at New Hampshire Ball Bearings Inc.. “We are rolling out emergency procedures.”

WMUR-TV (Channel 9) reported that 15 people were injured, including two seriously who were medevaced from the scene.

Original Story: Sources indicated a major explosion at an industrial site in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

The Keene Sentinel reported ( that firefighters and emergency responders were reporting some type of explosion at N.H. Ball Bearing. Injuries have been reported by emergency workers. The incident had gone to four alarms.

A Fire Engineering source indicated that the incident was deemed a mass-casualty incident. Tweets from breaking news agencies indicated there were more than 100 firefighters on scene and more than 10 injured.

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