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Eight injured in Huntington Beach boat explosion

November 26, 2011 |  5:58 pm

Boat explosion

Eight people were injured Saturday when a 24-foot cabin cruiser exploded in Huntington Harbor, authorities said.

A leaky fuel line was blamed for the 11:30 a.m. blast, said Brian Stanley, a dispatcher for the Harbor Patrol. 

He said the  pleasure boat had just pulled away from a public launch ramp and was headed for Long Beach when passengers smelled gasoline. The boat’s operator turned it around and was heading back to shore when the engine sputtered and explosion ensued.

Eight of the nine people aboard the craft were taken to local hospitals with injuries that included burns and possible broken bones. Several were blown out of the boat by the explosion, and the others jumped into the water when the craft caught fire, Stanley said.

The burning boat drifted to a mud flat near the launch ramp, where authorities extinguished the flames.


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Photo: Firefighters in Huntington Harbor put out the flames on what's left of the boat. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times