At Least 15 Injured in New Hampshire Plant Explosion
Authorities are investigating an explosion at a New Hampshire ball bearing factory that left atleast 15 workers hospitalized.
About the New Hampshire Plant Explosion
According to the Associated Press, at least 15 workers were injured in a blast that shook the walls and blew out windows at New Hampshire Ball Bearings Inc. in Peterborough, New Hampshire Monday afternoon.
It appears the explosion occurred on the first floor of the plant, but no smoke or flames were reported. When emergency crew arrived, fire officials noted that there were unknown chemicals in the building and asked ambulances and local hospitals to prepare for possible hazmat patients.
Of the 15 people injured, 13 were transported to Monadnock Community Hospital. Two were later flown to another facility, and are listed in critical condition.
Investigators Focus on Acid Room
While reports are still breaking, the latest updates state that fire officials and investigators are currently focused on the company’s “acid room” as the origin of the explosion, but admit that it could be weeks before an exact cause is determined.
The company employs roughly 700 employees, but is unsure when the employees will be allowed to return to work as it is still unclear if the plant is safe enough to resume operations.