6 injured when boat explodes

    Boat Explosion/ Garland County 911 News

    Officials say six people were injured when a boat exploded and burned on a boat ramp along an Arkansas lake.

    The explosion happened Saturday afternoon on a boat ramp along Lake Catherine near Hot Springs.

    Doug Davey of the Lake Hamilton Fire Department says three people were transported by a helicopter for medical treatment and three others were taken by ambulances. They were not identified and the extent of their injuries was not immediately available.

    Garland County 911 News reported that the boat blew up when the man started it. Arkansas State Police, Hot Spring County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas Game and Fish, and Arkansas State Park were all on scene.

    Davey says the cause of the explosion was not immediately known. He says some gasoline was released into the lake but that firefighters used booms to remove it and there should be no lasting effects.

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