1 Dead, 33 Injured in Explosions at Hudson Valley Plant
Update: We've updated this story as police IDed the man found deceased and announced more injuries.
One person was killed and over 30 injured following two explosions at a Hudson Valley factory.
On Monday around 10:15 a.m., New Windsor police heard an explosion coming from the area of Temple Hill Road. Arriving officers found smoke coming from Verla International located at 463 Temple Hill Road.
Around 10:40 a.m., first responders were met by a second explosion inside the factory. Seven Newburgh firefighters were injured in the second blast, two have been transferred to Westchester for burn injuries, officials say.
Around 7:40 p.m., a medical examiner was requested for a deceased man, reports ABC. The man, 57-year-old William Huntington of Newburgh, a Verla employee, was previously reported missing.
As of this writing, 125 people were injured in the explosion. None of the injuries appear to be life threatening, officials say. Most are the injuries were from falling or burns from the explosion.
Around 250 people work at the 52,000 square foot facility. The cosmetic manufacturing plant makes mainly nail polish and perfume, which are alcohol-based. Officials don’t believe any large Hazmat material was released.
According to ABC, New York State agencies are investigating the factory which has 12 open OSHA violations. Half are considered serious violations.
The Orange County Department of Emergency Services issued a shelter-in-place for a half-mile radius around the factory. The shelter-in-place was lifted around 1:30 p.m. Monday.
The explosion occurred in the north part of the factory, police say.
Some 30 different fire agencies responded from multiple counties.
Hudson Valley resident Marc Randazzo submitted this video of the response to the scene.
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