Lucas Burke and Ethan Keeler, both 21, did not have permission to be on the property in Hopkinton, N.H., where the explosion happened.
“I heard the boom first and then immediately felt the tremor,” said Janice Farenwald, who lives near New Yard Landscaping, where the blast occurred. “There was definitely an odor that came through the window, I could tell something was burning, so I thought something must have exploded.”
New Hampshire State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan said the investigation into the incident is still ongoing.
Tom Komisarek, the owner of New Yard Landscaping, said that Bourke may have been familiar with the property but that he did not know what was in the safe. Komisarek 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.”
Ethan’s cousin, Kent Keeler, was left looking for answers.
“I think he just didn’t know who he was yet,” Kent said. “I feel like he was trying to find out where he belongs. He stood up for me in high school when people would pick on me. He put family over everything.”
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