Update, 12:55 p.m. –A Twitter user receiving texts from the scene isn’t the greatest source in the world, but this is a worthwhile update to at least point out there could be many reasons for random explosions–like damaged gas lines or faulty grills:
@BreakngNewsPhtg Niece said DEM told them multiple reports of methane gas smell. They are calling it a “gas explosion”
— Holly Susi (@Holly_Susi) July 11, 2015
Original post–First noticed reports of an explosion at Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett Rhode Island on Twitter, from various bots that tweet interesting reports from websites used to monitor emergency services radios.
RI | NARRAGANSETT |**UNUSUAL INCIDENT **| SALTY BRINE STATE BEACH | UNCONSCIOUS FEMALE TRAPPED ON ROCKS,NOW CALLING FOR BOMB SQUAD TO THE B…
— NorthEast Fire Alert (@N_EastFireAlert) July 11, 2015
It is a gorgeous, warm summer day in most of New England, as perfect a beach day as you might imagine. Any beach in this region will be crowded, the roads leading to them thick with traffic as well.
[Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management] Spokeswoman Rayna Maguire said details are still sketchy, but a 50-year-old woman who appeared to be “trapped” on the rocks had been taken to South County Hospital. There were no other reports of injuries.
Maguire said that witnesses reported the explosion was under the sand and blew the woman onto the rocks.
A few beachgoers tweeted what they heard or witnessed.
At the beach & there was some kind of explosion, sent some lady flying up out of her chair 😨 #WTF
— Emily Gomes (@emjb53) July 11, 2015
“They gotta do somethin about that terrorism shit”-old man at the beach after explosion — Samantha Mohn (@SamanthaMohn) July 11, 2015
There are no indications right now as to the source of the explosion, however since April, 2013, it’s not much of a stretch for New Englanders to assume terrorism is afoot when something like this occurs.