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Explosion, Fire Strike N.C. Factory

January 29, 2003

KINSTON, N.C. (AP) _ A pharmaceutical company’s factory was on fire Wednesday afternoon after an explosion, the Highway Patrol said.

A man who lives near the West Pharmaceutical plant said debris flew in the air and the woods behind the plant were also on fire.

Lee Pearson of the Highway Patrol office in Williamston said the explosion was reported at 1:27 p.m. The cause was not immediately known.

``We’ve got a lot of units out there,″ he said. He did not have any information about any injuries.

Kinston is a city of about 24,000 in east-central North Carolina.

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