iStock/Thinkstock

More than 30 people injured in cosmetics factory explosions

November 20, 2017 - 4:04 pm
Categories: 

(NEW YORK) -- Firefighters are among the 33 people injured in a pair of explosions and fire at a cosmetics plant in New York.

There were two explosions at the factory, with the first reported at around 10:15 a.m. and the next about 25 minutes later.

The cause of the blasts is under investigation.

The factory is home to a business named Verla International, which describes itself as a contract packaging and filling company with over 40 lines of nail polish and 40 lines of other cosmetics and perfumes, according to the company's website.

There were seven firefighters were among the 33 people injured. Almost all have been treated and released, with most suffering from smoke inhalation and heat exposure. All of those injured are expected to survive.

One person remains unaccounted for.

Records from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration indicate the plant had nine violations earlier this year related to exit maintenance and the use of flammable liquids, among other issues. Of those violations, six were classified as "serious." It's not clear if those violations are related to Monday's incident.

The factory is located in New Windsor, a town about 65 miles north of New York City.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tags: 
Comments ()