Woman dies in ex­plo­sion of house­boat

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

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.

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