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Boat explodes, burst into flames near Solomons Island Yacht Club

Boat explodes, burst into flames near Solomons Island Yacht Club. (Photo Credit: Jeremy Bendler)

A boat exploded and burst into flames on the Chesapeake Bay near Solomons Island Yacht Club late Thursday evening, authorities said.

A nearby boat captain witnessed the explosion and pulled the vessel into deeper water because it was dangerously close to Solomons pier, Maryland Natural Resources Police report.

On Twitter, officials praised the "quick thinking" captain.

Officials say a father and son were on board refueling the boat when it exploded.

The blast was so strong it sent them flying into the water.

Thirty-eight-year-old Michael Franz suffered second-degree burns on his leg and was taken to a hospital. Officials say his father refused treatment.

Police will be on the scene Friday investigating the cause of the explosion.


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