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Boat explosion sends 1 to hospital in Lancaster County, officials investigating cause

The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time.
Credit: Blue Rock Fire Rescue 907

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — Update, March 20: Police say the victim, a 54-year-old Manor Township man, was treated and released at a local hospital for burns to the face, head, arms and back.

The victim indicated he had been living on the vessel, a fiberglass boat with a cabin which was tied to a floating dock along the Susquehanna River in Manor Township, authorities said.

The explosion was caused by a propane heater aboard the boat, but it is unknown what caused it to explode.

The incident remains under investigation.


Fire officials say one person was taken to the hospital with burns after a boat explosion in Washington Borough on Friday night.

Officials say the boat had been tied to a dock on the Susquehanna River along Water Street at the time of the incident.

Fire crews were at the scene for approximately three hours working to extinguish the fire and contain fuel from floating down the river.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Manor Township, and local fire departments are investigating the incident. 

The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time.

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