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NH company fined $1.2 million in gunpowder blast

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Labor says a New Hampshire company that made a type of gunpowder is being fined $1.2 million for violations that led to an explosion that killed two workers in the North Country town of Colebrook.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday it had issued 54 citations against Black Mag LLC, the company that operated the plant prior to the May 14 explosion that shook Colebrook.

OSHA says workers had to hand feed explosive powder into operating equipment because the employer failed to implement essential protective controls. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis says the fines pale in comparison to the value of the two lives lost. The explosion killed 49-year-old Jesse Kennett of Stratford and 56-year-old Donald Kendall of Colebrook.

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