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Cause of N.H. factory explosion still unknown

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PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (WHDH) - More than a dozen people were injured when an explosion occurred at a ball bearing plant in Peterborough N.H.

Windows and doors were blown out during the explosion, causing minor cuts to several people.

According to fire officials 15 people were hurt, 13 have been released but two are still in critical condition.

“I heard one explosion and I saw the walls coming down and our inventory falling towards me,” Andrea Painchaud, one of the people who were hurt said.

The explosion, which happened around 3:30 p.m., was felt throughout the building.

“All sudden the place rose up and came back down like elevator then we heard a loud, loud noise and ceiling tiles came down,” Danielle Drouin said.

Workers say the larger first shift had just let out when the explosion occurred, which meant fewer people were in the building to be injured.

Officials are still trying to determine the cause of the explosion, they're taking extra precautions because of the chemical nature of some of the products used in the factory.

“We're dealing with it as if it’s a hazardous material situation involving chemicals but we don’t know what that may be,” Peterborough Fire Department spokesman Eric Bowman said.

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan said the state’s emergency operations center is opening in response to the situation.

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