Several injuries were reported after two explosions and a fire Monday morning at the Verla International Ltd. cosmetics plant in New Windsor, NY, the Middleton Times Herald-Record and other area news organizations reported.
New Windsor town Supervisor George Green tells The Associated Press that the explosions occurred around 10:30 a.m. today at the Verla International cosmetics factory.
The fire spewed thick plumes of black smoke from the building's roof and its damaged sides, according to NBC.
The factory is located about a half mile from the town hall and police station in New Windsor, 55 miles north of New York City.
About 12 people, including four firefighters, were taken to a hospital in the wake of the blasts and fire, the Herald-Record said.
Witnesses described an acrid smell in the air nearby the plant, NBC said. The cause of the explosions is under investigation.
Six of the violations were classified as serious, NBC said.
Officials said more than 100 people work at the factory, one of the largest employers in the area.