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Coast Guard: Spark from cleaning caused explosion

3 years 5 months 5 days ago April 25, 2013 Apr 25, 2013 Thursday, April 25 2013 April 25, 2013 10:43 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

MOBILE, Ala. - A crew that was cleaning fuel barges in Mobile Bay likely caused a spark the triggered an explosion and critically burned three workers.

The explosion happened Wednesday night and it was extinguished Thursday morning.

Coast Guard Lt. Mike Clausen says the investigation is continuing, but the spark from cleaning the barges likely caused it.

The explosion forced the evacuation of workers from the Carnival Triumph cruise ship across the river. The ship has been docked there for repairs since it broke down in the Gulf of Mexico in February and had to be towed back to port.

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