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Explosions at New York cosmetics plant, 33 hurt, 1 missing

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Staff Writer | November 20, 2017
A pair of explosions rocked a cosmetics manufacturing plant in New York's Orange County.
Explosions at New York cosmetics plant
Empire State   A 52,000 square-foot facility
Explosins injured nearly three dozen people and spewing thick plumes of noxious black smoke from the roof and from what appeared to be blasted-out sides of the building, according to authorities and footage posted to social media, NBC 10 reported.

One worker at Verla International plant, a 52,000 square-foot facility on Temple Hill Road in New Windsor, remains unaccounted for following the 10:20 a.m. twin blasts, authorities said at an afternoon briefing.

In total, 33 people were hurt, including seven Newburgh firefighters, some of whom were faced with a secondary explosion when they responded to the first. Two of those firefighters were taken to hospitals with burns. The other 26 victims are Verla workers.

All are expected to survive. Verla, which produces nail polish and cosmetics, among other beauty products, according to its website, could not be reached for comment.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo dispatched emergency response personnel and resources following a chemical explosion at Verla International Warehouse in New Windsor, Orange County.

Following the explosion, State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger Parrino, State Police Superintendent George Beach II, State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker and resources from their respective agencies responded and are currently on site working in conjunction with local officials.

Complete coverage here.


 

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