Large blast reported at New Hampshire ball-bearing factory

by Reuters
Monday, 10 February 2014 22:12 GMT

BOSTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - An explosion was reported at a ball bearing manufacturer in southern New Hampshire on Monday, leaving a number of people injured, state and local officials said.

The fire department in nearby Jaffrey, New Hampshire, said on its Twitter feed that it had been called to respond to a "major explosion" at the New Hampshire Ball Bearings Inc location in Peterborough, located about 75 miles (120 km) northwest of Boston.

At least eight people were injured in the incident, which occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT), WMUR television reported, citing local fire officials.

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan said the state had opened an emergency operations center at the site.

Live television images showed emergency vehicles parked in front of the facility and the first-floor windows of the building had been blown out.

Peterborough Fire Department officials could not immediately be reached for comment and officials at the state police declined to comment.

New Hampshire Ball Bearings is a unit of Japan's Minebea Co Ltd.

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