HOPKINTON, NH (CBS) – Two men who allegedly broke into a Hopkinton, New Hampshire business on Tuesday morning were killed in a massive explosion, officials said.
The State Fire Marshal says that the men, identified as Lucas Bourke, 21, of Allenstown and Ethan Keeler, 21, of Epsom, were using an oxy-acetylene blow torch to try and cut into a large safe inside a workshop at New Yard Landscaping on Farrington Corner Road.
That safe contained a large amount of commercial-grade fireworks, which exploded.
The two men were killed in the blast.
Officials would only say that the men did not have permission to be on the property. However, Tom Komisarek, the owner of New Yard Landscaping, told WBZ-TV that the men had already loaded some items from the business into a nearby vehicle.
Komisarek says Bourke may have been familiar with the property and the safe, but not the safe’s contents.
Komisarek added that he was saddened by the news.
“I just want to put my feelings out toward the families of the individuals that are deceased,” said Komisarek. “My thoughts are with them at this point.” (Continued…)