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Explosion at NH gun factory kills 2, injures 1

By Lisa Rathke
Associated Press Writer / May 14, 2010

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COLEBROOK, N.H.—The state Fire Marshal says two people were killed and another received minor injuries in an explosion at a gun and ammunition plant in the far northern New Hampshire town of Colebrook.

Multiple explosions at the MDM Muzzleloader building Friday afternoon shook buildings blocks away. Fire Marshal Bill Degnan said the three were the only people in the building at the time.

Witnesses said black smoke filled the sky after a series of explosions that could be heard more than a mile away. About 40 homes were evacuated, though some residents were allowed to returned by late evening.

At Colebrook Elementary School, 28-year-old Saralyn Boutin said she was hanging onto her desk in fear and some of her students were crying after hearing the explosions.

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