At least 13 injured in massive NY factory explosion


A private label contract packaging and filling firm founded in 1980, New Windsor-based Verla offers nail polish, color cosmetics, personal care items, creams, lotions, fragrances and more, according to the company's website.

In total, 20 people were injured - 15 Verla employees - and then 5 Newburgh firefighters, who were injured by the second explosion.

All are expected to survive.

Witnesses described an acrid smell in the air nearby the plant, NBC said. A shelter-in-place order was issued for a half-mile radius around the building for much of the day. Officials said none of the injuries appear to be life threatening. A cause of the blasts and fire has yet to be determined. Of those violations, six were classified as "serious". He wrote in a post that people were seen "running scattering" in the street after Monday's blasts.

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He said the crews were still battling the blaze early Monday afternoon.

"I don't believe at this point that it is completely under control", Green said.

Huge plumes of dark smoke were billowing from the factor, photos posted online show.

Medical personnel praised the quick action of emergency crews, saying it could have been catastrophic had they not responded with such efficiency.

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