6 children, 1 adult injured in boat explosion

Six children and an adult were seriously hurt in a boat explosion Monday, Anne Arundel County officials said.

Fire department spokesman Lt. Jack Beall said none of the injuries were considered life threatening, but at least two of the children suffered serious burns.

The explosion happened at about 11:56 a.m. at the Oak Grove Marina in the 2800 block of Solomons Island Road.

“They had fueled the boat at the fuel dock and were heading out into the river,” Lt. Beall said. “One of the engines stopped running. They were trying to restart the second engine and there was an explosion.”

Lt. Beall said the 32-foot Wellcraft boat was about 100 feet away from the refueling station, and early investigations point to the explosion as a flash fire, which did not continue to burn.

Ten people were aboard the boat, Lt. Beall said. A 9-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy were flown by helicopter to a burn center, while another 9-year-old boy, a 12-year-old girl, a 13-year-old girl and a 31-year-old woman were taken by ambulance to a hospital. Another 13-year-old girl was taken by ambulance to a children’s hospital in Baltimore. Two adults on board refused treatment. It was unclear whether the tenth person on board the boat was injured.

Lt. Beall said he did not know if the people on board the boat were related.

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