Eggnog Vat Explodes in NJ Building, Injuring 2: Officials

The building, on Adams Drive in Totowa, houses pharmaceutical laboratories

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    Police say two people were injured and a New Jersey building was badly damaged as a result of an explosion Sunday evening. A vat containing eggnog flavoring exploded, according to fire officials, causing the damage. Michael George reports. (Published Monday, Aug 4, 2014)

    Two people were injured and a New Jersey building was badly damaged when a vat containing eggnog flavoring exploded, according to officials.

    The blast ripped a three-story wall from the structure on Adams Drive in Totowa Saturday night. Large pieces of metal and concrete went flying and people in surrounding buildings were shaken.

    "I felt my house actually shake from the explosion, and it's about a mile away," said Christopher Tencza.

    Another resident, Kevin Franz, felt the tremors.

    "It shook the houses. It shook us. And we all looked at each other and knew it wasn't a firework," he said.

    Police said seven people were in the facility at the time of the explosion. The building houses the company Pharmachem Labs, which manufactures food products.

    Fire officials said much of the building will need to be torn down.

    The people who were hurt were treated at Paterson Hospital and are expected to recover, authorities said.

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