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Official: Boater Followed Procedure Before Blast

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Sunday's boat explosion in Ocean Pines left five people injured. (Photo: Newswatcher Patrick McAllorum) Sunday's boat explosion in Ocean Pines left five people injured. (Photo: Newswatcher Patrick McAllorum)
OCEAN PINES, Md. (AP/WBOC)- A Maryland Natural Resources Police official says a boat owner followed proper procedures before the boat exploded this weekend in Ocean Pines.

Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson said that nothing was amiss when the boater pulled away from the dock at around 2 p.m. Sunday . Ventilation hatches had been opened to bring outside air to the engine. But when the owner put the boat in forward gear, it blew up.

Five people were injured in the explosion. Two people suffered burns to their arms and lower legs.

Officials say the 24-foot boat was owned and operated by 54-year-old Neil Edwards of Springfield, Va., who also owns a summer home in Ocean Pines.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

Ocean Pines is about 10 miles outside of Ocean City.

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