NYACK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Authorities said seven people were injured Tuesday in an explosion on the Nyack College campus that blew out windows and sent debris sailing.
The explosion happened just before noon at a building known as the Sky Island Lodge on South Highland Avenue.
The two-story Tudor-style building was extensively damaged in the blast, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported. Sky Island Lodge is both a classroom and administrative building for the college.
The college said two students and five employees were taken to the hospital. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening and the school sent out a tweet saying that “Everyone is doing ok.” It was earlier reported that it was one student and six employees injured in the explosion.
The victims suffered burns, shrapnel wounds and broken bones, Young reported.
One of the students was taking a make-up test at the time of the explosion, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.
“I work in this building and the building shook,” Nyack College employee James Botelho told CBS 2’s Lou Young.
The first people on the scene of the explosion described a haze of dust, the smell of gas and the injured waiting for rescue.
“Two people hanging from an air conditioning unit on the second floor and one women lying on the ground,” college employee Jason Temco told Young.
The female student who authorities said appeared to be the most seriously injured either jumped or fell from a second story window, Young reported.
David Jennings, executive vice president, said the school’s graduation had already been held and summer classes hadn’t started.
“Thankfully, we were out of session,” he said.