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3 people seriously injured in Astle Street blast 

TEWKSBURY, Mass. — A house explosion that injured three people in Tewksbury on Tuesday night has been blamed on a drug operation involving marijuana and butane.

An 18-year-old woman and two men, ages 20 and 21, were inside the multi-family home at 22 Astle St. Tuesday night when the building exploded and caught on fire.

Fire officials confirmed Wednesday that someone in the home was trying to extract THC from marijuana when an ignition source came in contact with vapors, causing the explosion.

“The buildup of butane vapors within the apartment came in contact with an ignition source and an explosion ensued,” Tewksbury Fire Chief Michael Hazel said. “The process was being performed on and around an electric stove within the apartment. A number of full and empty and butane cylinders were found at the scene. This was a very dangerous situation for the residents and the firefighters.”

All three victims suffered serious injuries.

“There are burns about the face, head, arms and hands,” Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan said.

Police are investigating reports that two people were seen running from the home after the explosion.

The home has natural gas service, but investigators have ruled it out, saying it was not the cause of the fire.

“There’s going to be no one going back in the dwelling afterward. All the windows are blown off the frame, and the roof collapsed. The fire spread to the attic of the residence,” Sheehan said.

Six people, including the three victims, were displaced.


3 people seriously injured in Astle Street blast

TEWKSBURY, Mass. — Investigators are searching for the cause of a house explosion in Tewksbury that injured three people late Tuesday night.

An 18-year-old woman and two men, ages 20 and 21, were inside the multi-family home at 22 Astle St. Tuesday night when the building exploded and caught on fire. All three victims suffered serious injuries.

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“There are burns about the face, head, arms and hands,” Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan said.

Police are investigating reports that two people were seen running from the home after the explosion.

The home has natural gas service, but investigators have ruled it out, saying it was not the cause of the fire.

“There’s going to be no one going back in the dwelling afterward. All the windows are blown off the frame, and the roof collapsed. The fire spread to the attic of the residence,” Sheehan said.

Six people, including the three victims, were displaced.


Medflight brings injured to local hospital 

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TEWKSBURY, Mass. — Emergency crews in Tewksbury are investigating reports of a fire and house explosion.

Fire officials said the two-alarm fire was reported at 22 Astle Street and at least three injuries have been reported.

A Medflight was called to the area to transport those who are injured  to a hospital to be treated for facial and head burns, officials said.

No other information was released by officials.


Flames reported at home on Mooresville Road

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — Two people were killed Monday in a house explosion in Manchester, fire officials said.

The first firefighters on Mooresville Road saw a ranch-style home fully engulfed in flames.

Two people were killed in the blast, according to fire officials.

There was no immediate word on other injuries.

NewsCenter 5 and wcvb.com will have more details as they are available.


Flames reported at home on Mooresville Road

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Emergency crews are responding to reports of a house explosion in Manchester on Monday.

The first firefighters on Mooresville Road saw a ranch-style home fully engulfed in flames.

There was no immediate word on injuries.

NewsCenter 5 and wcvb.com will have more details as they are available.


Teen suffers severe hand injury when firework explodes
ABINGTON, Mass. — A 17-year-old boy and 31-year-old man were both seriously injured when a firework exploded at the Woodlands apartment complex in Abington Thursday night

The fireworks exploded just outside an apartment, officials said.

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“It appears that we had a small lighting of a commercial grade firework,” said Abington Fire Chief John Nuttall.

The teen was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital with what was described as a “severe hand injury,” the man was taken to a Brockton hospital.

No fire or structural damage was caused by the explosion but neighbors were evacuated as a precaution.

The bomb squad and state Fire Marshal’s office were both called in to check for any other threats and make sure the building was safe.

“Just a reminder again, fireworks are illegal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for everybody’s safety,” said Nuttall.

The injuries are said to be non life-threatening.


2 reported to be seriously injured at New Hampshire Ball Bearings

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — An explosion was reported Monday afternoon at New Hampshire Ball Bearings in Peterborough.

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Officials said up to 15 people were injured. Police said two of the injuries were serious, and those two were flown from Monadnock Community Hospital to another facility. NHBB officials said they were told the injuries were not life-threatening.

MCH said it received 13 patients. Six people were treated and released from the hospital.

Steve Bourgeois of Peterborough Collision, which he said is about 200-300 feet from New Hampshire Ball Bearings, said he heard two explosions at about 3:30 p.m.

“It shook our building, shook the plate glass in our showroom,” he said.

The Peterborough police chief said the explosion happened on the first floor of the plant, and the windows were blown out.

Crews from more than a dozen towns, including about 100 firefighters, were dispatched to the scene. There was no smoke or flames showing from the building.

Eight ambulances were called to the area, and local hospitals were asked to stage for possible hazmat patients. Fire officials said there were chemicals in the building, but they didn’t know what the chemicals were.

Drivers were asked to avoid Route 202, but it was open again by 6 p.m.

New Hampshire Ball Bearings cancelled first shift for Tuesday morning. Employees scheduled to arrive at 7 a.m. Tuesday were told by company officials that the facility will not be open in time.

They plan to make a decision about second shift on Tuesday morning.

NHBB manufactures precision bearings used in the aerospace industry, in the defense industry and for dental applications, among others. It was founded in 1946 in Peterborough and now has three manufacturing facilities across the country.


By Chuck Johnston and Josh Levs, CNN

updated 10:46 AM EST, Wed January 1, 2014

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 13 people have been taken to hospitals, EMS says
  • Some are in critical condition, an EMS spokesman says
  • Officials are looking into whether anyone may still be inside the building
  • Freezing weather complicates firefighters‘ efforts

(CNN) – Fire officials responded Wednesday to a reported blast and fire at a three-story apartment building in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Thirteen people have been taken to area hospitals, said Robert Ball, a spokesman for Hennepin County Emergency Medical Services.

Some are in critical condition, he said.

Most of the injuries are from burns and “trauma of people that came out through the windows,” Ball said. Officials don’t know whether people jumped out, fell or were pushed out by the explosion.

Freezing weather in the city presents challenges for firefighters, since water used to try to put out the fire can quickly turn to ice, he said.

Officials were looking into whether anyone may still be inside the building.

CNN affiliate KARE reported that as many as a dozen people were injured.


3 rescued in Rhode Island home explosion

PAWTUCKET, R.I.

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One person was injured Tuesday in a home explosion in Pawtucket.

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The explosion occurred on Mineral Spring Avenue just after 10 a.m. Tuesday.

“She said it sounded like an earthquake. It was a loud explosion, the house shook,” said resident Eselda Major.

Her daughter’s family escaped unhurt from the first floor of the home after the triple decker exploded. She said her daughter’s boyfriend went back in to help others trapped inside.

“Checked to see if anyone was on the second floor, kicked the door down, nobody was there. Then we went upstairs and another guy got them out upstairs, then I grabbed the baby and went outside,” said Eric Silva.

The other person who ran to help was off-duty Providence firefighter Jermaine Woods. He happened to be in the area celebrating his dad’s birthday.

“The man trying to get to them, and then, he covers them so nothing happens to them,” neighbor Anny Alvarez said.

Three people on the third floor were rescued: a baby, a woman and a man, who was the most badly hurt.

“They were doing some cooking. The dad who was in the area has third-degree burns over 70 percent of his body,” said Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebein.

While firefighters managed to keep the flames from spreading, they say the help from Good Samaritans really saved the day.

“There’s good in all people and I think all people act and perform in a heroic effort whenever other people are in danger” said Pawtucket Fire Chief William Sisson.

There was no immediate word on a cause.


Police say men didn’t have permission to be in building

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