Explosion at Union Beach factory not suspicious, authorities say

    The location of the International Flavors & Fragrances facility in Union Beach. (Image: Google)

    The location of the International Flavors & Fragrances facility in Union Beach. (Image: Google)

    A late morning explosion at a Union Beach factory has been deemed not suspicious by authorities. 

    The explosion occurred inside toward the rear of the International Flavors & Fragrances facility on Route 36 in Union Beach shortly before noon, according to a release from the Union Beach Police Department.

    Two employees sustained injuries, including burns and respiratory distress, the release said.

    A release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office indicates that a preliminary investigation has deemed the explosion “accidental” with “limited, minor injuries.”

    Local fire companies and first aid squads responded along with the county authorities. 

    A fire broke out at the facility that straddles the Union Beach and Hazlet municipal boundaries in May 2015. There were no injuries in that incident. 

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