(EDGEWATER, Md.) — Several people were injured, including children, in an explosion Monday afternoon at a Maryland marina.
The 32-foot well-craft vessel with twin engines had just pulled away from the dock at Oak Grove Marina on the South river in Maryland where it had been fueling when the explosion happened. just before noon.
There were nine passengers on board the vessel, including six children. Two of the children, a boy and a girl both 9 years old, were taken to Bayview Burn Center. Three other children were taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center the last one was taken to Johns Hopkins Pediatrics.
The three adults on board refused medical treatment.
Investigators are looking into the cause of the explosion.
“Usually it’s an accumulation of fumes, gas fumes in the bilge area of a vessel,” said Sgt. Brian Albert with the Maryland Natural Resources Police. “And, they just refueled so that’s what leads me to believe that that’s a possibility that this happened at this time.”
Albert said the explosion and damage did not spread beyond the one boat.
“It was contained to the one vessel,” he said. “They were not right at the fueling dock when the explosion took place. They were out and away from the dock.”
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