WPRI: Explosion Reports at Salty Brine Beach in Rhode Island

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UPDATE: NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — Authorities are investigating after a small explosion happened at Salty Brine Beach Saturday.

According to Larry Mouradjian, Associate Director of Natural Resources at the Dept. of Environmental Management, the explosion occurred around 11:20 a.m. in an area between the low and high tides.

DEM officials said a loud noise was reported at the time of the explosion.

Mouradjian said sand in the area of the explosion was wet, and has since been covered by the rising tide. The sand in the area has been transported from the scene after being removed with an excavator.

One woman was knocked backward off of her chair and was transported to South Country Hospital for treatment, he said.

She was reportedly conscious and alert while being removed from the beach.

Mouradjian confirmed that members of the bomb squad and the State Fire Marshal’s office are leading the investigation. He said DEM, state and local police departments, Environmental police, and members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, and Tobacco are assisting.

The beach was closed for day, and Mouradjian said he expects the beach to reopen Sunday.

According to Mouradjian, there appeared “to have been some ground disturbance,” and he compared the patterns in the sand to “fractures.”

He said there is no indication at this time that the event was malicious — and officials said they do not believe it is related to the recent boat fires in the area.

The investigation is currently ongoing.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.


NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) – Police and firefighters have responded to Salty Brine Beach for a report of an explosion.

The Department of Environmental Management confirms that they received reports of an explosion on the beach and a person injured at about 11:15 Saturday morning.

Officials say a 50 year-old woman was hurt in the apparent explosion after she was thrown onto the rocks of the jetty. She was taken to South County Hospital for treatment; she was reportedly conscious and alert while being removed from the beach.

The DEM subsequently requested that a bomb technician from the state fire marshal’s office respond to the scene but the cause of the explosion has not yet been determined.

Salty Brine Beach is closed as officials investigate and police may expand their perimeter further.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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