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Totowa lab damaged by eggnog flavoring blast; 2 hurt

TOTOWA, N.J. (AP) — A fire official says a vat of eggnog flavoring exploded at a laboratory in New Jersey, injuring two workers.

Aftermath of an explosion at Pharmachem Laboratories in Totowa
Aftermath of an explosion at Pharmachem Laboratories in Totowa (ABC 7)

Totowa Fire Marshal Allen Del Vecchio tells WABC-TV  that he felt the blast from Pharmachem Laboratories in Totowa at his house a mile away.

Pharmachem produces ingredients that flavor foods. Workers tell the TV station they had just started on a new recipe for eggnog when it somehow ignited. The two workers suffered minor injuries.

Del Vecchio says given the severity of the blast, he’s surprised more workers weren’t hurt. The entire rear of the building was completely blown out.

An investigation into the cause of the explosion is underway.

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