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June 1, 2011

Erie, Pa., boat explosion leaves 1 dead, 6 injured

Associated Press

ERIE, Pa. — Officials say a powerboat exploded after refueling at the Erie Yacht Club, killing one person and injuring six others.

Mike Lynch, the general manager of the Erie Yacht Club, says the 32-foot vessel had just been refueled at about 6:30 p.m. Monday and was being started when it exploded.

Lynch tells the Erie Times-News that five people were on the boat at the time of the explosion, including the woman who was killed.

Four of those injured were passengers on the boat and the two others who were injured were employees of the private 1,200-member yacht club.

Lynch says three of the injured were transported to a Pittsburgh hospital to be treated for burns.

Neither the woman who was killed nor the injured were identified.

An investigation is ongoing.

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