1 killed, more than 125 hurt in blasts at cosmetics factory

Huge Plumes of Black Smoke Fill Air After Reported Blast at NY Cosmetics Manufacturing Facility

Valeria Gonzalez

Forty people, including seven firefighters, suffered injuries in two explosions and a fire at an upstate NY factory that manufactures nail polish, officials said.

Thirty-three people were left injured and one is missing after a series of explosions rocked a NY cosmetics factory.

Employees fled the building after the first blast, and firefighters were inside when a second explosion went off, a police spokesman said.

Twenty six workers and five firefighters were injured. He was taken to the burn unit at Westchester Medical Center.

None of the firefighters' injuries appeared to be life-threatening, authorities said. One person remains unaccounted for.

Multiple explosions have been reported at a cosmetics factory in New Windsor as emergency crews fight a blaze tearing through the factory.

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"It's still an active fire scene,"Green said, adding that the flames were "knocked down pretty well at this point".

"A deceased male employee was recovered from the plant fire at approximately 7:40 p.m.", Orange County spokesperson Justin Rodriguez said in a statement Monday night.

Television video from Monday's explosions showed thick, black smoke spewing from a section of the roof of the sprawling facility. Workers milled about a parking lot while fire crews looked on. There was no word on what caused the fire.

State health, police and environmental officials were sent to the scene to monitor any secondary effects from the explosion such as a decline in the air quality.

The explosions occurred about 25 minutes apart at Verla International in the Orange County town of New Windsor, 55 miles north of New York City.

The 37-year-old company's website says it manufactures and packages nail polish, cosmetics, personal care, lotions, and fragrances.

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