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NH, Vt. firefighters battle fire, explosion at black powder gun factory near Canadian border
05-14-2010 12:23 PM MST
COLEBROOK, N.H. (Associated Press) --

Officials say has been an explosion at a black powder gun company in far northern New Hampshire.

It is unclear if anyone was hurt in the fire and explosion at the MDM Muzzleloader plant in Colebrook.

Mishel Fenn, who works at an inn two blocks away, says her building shook in the initial blast, and that the explosions are continuing, with black smoke spewing from the building. She says streets are being closed off and nearby buildings are being evacuated.

Officials say firefighters and police from New Hampshire and Vermont are on the scene. Colebrook is less than 10 miles from the Canadian border.

They also make a black power substitute under the name BlackMag Industries of Colebrook, NH.
 

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Heard a bit on the evening news (NPR's All Things Considered) that at least two people were killed. May have also been some missing - I wasn't close to the radio and an air condition cut on and fuzzed that up a bit. Very sad. Powder plants have had a long history of doing that, of course. When DuPont was founded in 1802 by Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, the buildings had sturdy walls and VERY light roof structures so explosions vented up and blew the roofs off, but didn't usually damage the structures significantly. They expected explosions and planned accordingly, though they also tried to be very careful as lost product, dead workers and delays were expensive and to be avoided as much as possible.

EDIT 5/15/10 = story in newspaper this morning says 2 killed, one injured.
 
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