Woman dies in explosion of houseboat
SALT LAKE CITY — A Colorado woman died and five other people were injured in a nighttime explosion on a houseboat along the Utah-Arizona border, authorities said Thursday.
A generator exploded about 10 p.m. Wednesday as a large group that included about 20 other people vacationed on a privately owned boat on Lake Powell, authorities said.
Kirsten Meyer, 52, of Castle Rock, Colo., was killed and four other people were flown to hospitals in Grand Junction, Colo., and Salt Lake City in critical condition, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area spokesman Mary Plumb said.
They suffered broken bones, burns and facial injuries, she said. A fifth person, a boy, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from a clinic at Lake Powell.
Someone was trying to start the generator in the Crystal Springs Canyon area when it exploded, Sheriff Rick Eldredge of San Juan County, Utah, said in a statement.