13 injured in boat explosion in Calvert County

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Thirteen people were injured in an explosion on a boat in the Spring Cove Marina in Solomons.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal and the Natural Resources Police responded to the marina at roughly 6 p.m. on Saturday for a report of an explosion on a boat. When the officers arrived they discovered 13 people, including a 12-year-old and three teenagers, suffering from burns and other injuries. All were taken to various area hospitals for treatment, and are expected to fully recover from their injuries.

Police say the flash fire was likely caused by a spark from electrical connections at the bilge pump while gasoline vapors were still present in the engine compartment. Police say the fire caused roughly $2,500 in damages to the boat.