First responders probe explosion at NH plant
Emergency crews from several towns work an area outside the
PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) -- First responders are working to determine the cause of an explosion at a small-town ball bearings plant that shattered windows, shook walls and sent at least 15 people to the hospital.
Peterborough Fire Department spokesman Eric Bowman says Monday afternoon's blast at the New Hampshire Ball Bearings Inc. plant in Peterborough is still being investigated but all indications are that it was an industrial-related incident.
The plant, in the southwest New Hampshire town that was the inspiration for Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town," manufactures high-tech parts for the aerospace industry and employs 700 people.
Plant machine operator Paul Clark says he was outside in the parking lot when he heard the explosion and saw snow from the building's roof "flying into the wind."