J'nelle AgeeNov 21, 2017, 3:55 pmNov 22, 2017, 10:21 am

Man says cosmetic factory co-worker died in 2nd blast

More than 125 people were injured, including 7 firefighters


NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (AP) — A New York cosmetics factory employee who survived a workplace explosion says a co-worker was killed by a second blast that occurred after he had gone back inside to make sure everyone had evacuated.

Juan Pablo Marcos says he was in a different part of the factory when the first explosion tore through Verla International on Monday morning. He says workers began running and screaming for everyone to get out.

Marcos says an employee went back inside the New Windsor complex to see if anyone was left behind when a second explosion occurred about 25 minutes later. Police later identified him as 57-year-old William Huntington of nearby Newburgh.

More than 125 people were injured, including seven firefighters who were inside when the second blast erupted.

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