Explosion causes injuries at NH ball bearing plant

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New Hampshire Factory Explosion
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Emergency crews from several towns work an area outside the New Hampshire Ball Bearing plant after an explosion, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 in Peterborough, N.H. At least 13 people were injured, but a company spokeswoman says none of the injuries appears to be life-threatening. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — A spokeswoman at a New Hampshire ball bearings plant says an explosion there doesn't appear to have caused any life-threatening injuries.

Spokeswoman Kathy Gerrity says people were hurt in the Monday afternoon explosion at New Hampshire Ball Bearings Inc. in Peterborough but she's unsure how many. She says it's unclear what caused the explosion.

Gerrity says the building was evacuated, which is standard procedure. She says she's unsure how many people were inside but there are usually about 450 working at that time.

The southwest New Hampshire plant employs 700 people.

New Hampshire Ball Bearings' corporate headquarters are in Chatsworth, Calif. It's a division of Japanese company Minebea.