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Three injured in New Jersey veterinary hospital explosion

08 March 2015

One worker was in critical condition and two others suffered minor injuries in an explosion at the Oradell Animal Hospital in Paramus, New Jersey on March 6. The workers were doing maintenance on an animal MRI machine when it exploded, according to police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg, who said the most seriously hurt worker suffered cuts and crush injuries. 

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The Bergen County hazardous materials team helped contain a small helium leak from the machine, he added. There was no fire after "some component" of the machine exploded.
An eastern portion of the hospital ceiling collapsed, but the building was structurally sound, according to local media.

Approximately 60 animals were in the facility during the blast, according to police. Borough emergency management officials worked to relocate the animals to other facilities.

Federal officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are looking into the causes of the explosion.

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