Salty Brine State Beach reopened Sunday after an apparent explosion injured a woman and forced it to be evacuated.
Among those at Salty Brine State Beach were Michele Martin and Lucille Ianniello, who were also at the beach Saturday morning when a mysterious blast launched a woman onto some nearby rocks. She was sent to the hospital and her condition is not known, ABC News reported.
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“We’re not worried because this is our beach,” said Martin.
While several beachgoers reported smelling gas after the explosion, a spokesman for National Grid, which manages gas and electric in the area said there are no gas lines along the beach.
Officials have not said what caused the explosion, but tried to ease fears Saturday there was no indication of a device or malicious intent.
David Di Filippo was also at the beach and described hearing a crash and booming noise when it took place.
“It felt like something that was seismic or metaphysical,” he said. “I thought it was a small craft that struck the jetty.”
His 12-year-old son Dante reported hearing someone yell bomb and called the beach “chaotic”. Bu the pair isn’t afraid to return to Salty Brine State Beach.
“It’s our regular spot,” said David Di Filippo. “It’s a beautiful day.”
The beach was closed on Saturday following the explosion while the state’s bomb squad investigated the incident.
The beach is part of the State of Rhode Island’s beach system and was named in the early 1990’s after TV and radio host Salty Brine. The beach is located off Great Road in Narraganset.
One report claimed the explosion may be tied to an unexploded 4th of July firework that may have been detonated.