N.H. Factory Owner Faces Trial In Explosion

The owner of a New Hampshire gunpowder factory that was the site of a 2010 explosion that killed two men is scheduled for trial next week.

Craig Sanborn of Maidstone, Vt., was indicted last year on two counts of manslaughter and two counts of negligent homicide for negligently engaging in the manufacture, production, testing and storage of explosive material.

The Black Mag plant explosion in Colebrook killed Donald Kendall and Jesse Kennett.

The trial is scheduled to start Monday at Coos Superior Court in Lancaster. Prosecutors argue the 64-year-old Sanborn had been ramping up production of a gunpowder substitute for muzzleloader rifles to meet the requirements of a contract and was negligent.

The Caledonian Record reports Sanborn's attorney said Sanborn was out of state and wasn't directing employees.