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Lake Lanier boat fire – 6 hurt including ‘teens, 16 & 13, airlifted to hospital’ after Georgia boat EXPLODES

BOAT BLAST

A BOAT exploded on Lake Lanier in Georgia, injuring six people, including two teenagers.

The teens, ages 16 and 13, were airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital, and a severely injured adult was taken by ambulance. Three other adults involved in the accident refused to be taken to the hospital.

The boat exploded while refueling, and the fire spread as a burning jet ski drifted to a nearby dock, sending it up in flames. The Hall County fire Marshal's Office is investigating the incident.

Mark McKinnon, a spokesperson for Georgia's Department of Natural Resources, said authorities responded to the incident at about 2:45 p.m. in Margaritaville.

The names of the victims are not yet known.

A similar explosion happened in 2008, when Cumming, Ga., when a boat exploded after vapors in the boat's engine ignited. Three people were injured, and one was treated for first and second-degree burns.

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