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'Violent reaction' at Palm Springs cosmetics factory sends worker to hospital

Posted at 2:30 PM, Sep 13, 2019

PALM SPRINGS, Fla. — A violent reaction involving two chemicals at a Palm Springs cosmetics factory landed a worker in the hospital on Friday afternoon, officials say.

Units from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, the West Palm Beach Fire Department, and a HAZMAT team responded to Oxygen Development, a cosmetics maker located at 1525 S. Congress Ave., around 1 p.m. for reports of a commercial structure fire.

"It appears two different chemicals were combined and they reacted violently, causing a cloud of dust all over the affected area," said Capt. Albert Borroto.

Fire rescue officials said one person was taken to a local hospital as a trauma alert, and two others were treated at the scene.

Capt. Borroto said there was no fire or structural damage, but employees were evacuated and won't be allowed back in until emergency crews determine the building is safe to re-enter.

Our WPTV crew on scene spotted multiple fire trucks and ambulances, as well as what appeared to be many employees standing outside the building.

According to Oxygen Development's website, the company is "a world-class leader in the development and production of high-quality color cosmetics, skin care, hair care, bath & body care and OTC products."

The company's website said the S. Congress Ave. location is its headquarters.