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One Killed in Boat Blast

Investigators are headed back to the scene of a Monday night explosion at the Erie Yacht club that killed one person and sent six others to the hospital. The blast happened at approximately 6:30pm Monday.

According to Erie Yacht Club officers, the explosion occurred after a power boat had just finished refueling on the eastern end of the property.

One woman on board that boat was killed. Six other people, including a child, had to go to the hospital. Two of the injured are reportedly Erie Yacht club employees.

Investigators are looking into whether the fumes from the refueling process were "blown off" before they re-started the boat. That's said to be standard procedure for power boat refueling.

Neighbor Matt Kramer heard the the blast from blocks away, He said, "Then we heard a loud boom. And at first I thought it was the Brig Niagara. But it was too loud, and it sounded different, Then we looked out over the bluff and it saw flames and smoke. We knew something drastic had happened."  

The names of the victims haven't been released yet. Three people went to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment of burns. Erie Police, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the PA Fish and Boat Commission are all working on the investigation.

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