BRP explosion in Quebec leaves 2 workers with severe burns

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An overnight explosion at Bombardier Recreational Products' research and development centre in Valcourt in Quebec's Eastern Townships has left two employees with severe burns.

Provincial police said officers on patrol in the area heard the explosion just after midnight and saw a ball of fire shoot from the vast complex. They witnessed two men run out of the building.

"They fled the building. It was in flames," said Quebec provincial police spokesman Bruno Beaulieu.

The 38-year-old employee and a security guard, 54, were transported to L'Enfant-Jésus Hospital in Quebec City. Both were in induced comas.

Beaulieu said it appears the explosion happened in a laboratory, causing a fire that firefighters quickly brought under control.

A police investigation is underway.

The research centre is in the same complex as Bombardier's headquarters in Valcourt, about 130 kilometres east of Montreal.

Bombardier Recreational Products — known as BRP — makes motorized recreational vehicles including Ski-Doo brand snowmobiles, Sea-Doo jetskis, Evinrude outboard motors and all-terrain vehicles.

The company was expected to comment on the explosion later on Friday.

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