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Overnight blast in Hopkinton kills two

A mysterious explosion killed two men in the early hours of yesterday morning at a Hopkinton landscaping business, police and fire officials said.

The Hopkinton police and fire departments responded to the explosion at New Yard Landscaping at 67 Farrington Corner Road about 1:30 a.m. yesterday, along with officials from the state fire marshal’s office.

The cause of the explosion is unclear, officials said.

In a statement, Hopkinton police Chief Stephen Pecora said the incident occurred in a detached workshop.

“During the investigation, the bodies of two males were located inside the building,” Pecora said. “The individuals did not have permission to be on the property.”

Deputy State Fire Marshal Rob Farley said no part of the building caught fire after the blast.

But the explosion was “significant,” Farley said. “It did some substantial damage to the building.”

The victims’ identities will be released once their next of kin have been notified, officials said. Farley said no one else was injured in the incident.

New Yard Landscaping owner Tom Komisarek declined comment. The state police also responded to the explosion yesterday, but the Hopkinton police declined their help at the scene.

Janice Farenwald, 55, lives three houses down from the explosion. She said her bed shook in the middle of the night with its force.

“I heard a really loud ‘boom,’ ” Farenwald said, gesturing her arms outward as she talked.

Her husband was in the kitchen at the time of the explosion, Farenwald said, and felt the floor shake underneath his feet.

Farenwald said she immediately thought the noise was a gas explosion, but she didn’t hear any further explosions or sirens after the blast.

“It was such an incredible boom, not a boom like a tire popping on the highway,” she said.

Jim Marshall, 48, lives just down the street from the New Yard Landscaping property. The sound of the explosion woke him up in the middle of the night, he said.

He and his wife thought the noise was a loud thunderclap from a passing storm, Marshall said. Only when he drove past police cars in the New Yard Landscaping driveway yesterday morning did he realize what had woken him up in the middle of the night might have been more serious.

“My wife and I heard the boom, and we went back to sleep,” he said.

(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or mdoyle@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @megan_e_doyle.)

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