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Exploding gas cans on Mahahual boat leaves Navy man severely burned

Mahahual, Q.R. — A member of the Navy remains in serious condition in hospital after receiving extensive burns from a gas explosion. The accident happened Friday night when he was smoking near a boat with cans of gasoline on board.

While he was smoking on the pier next to the boat, the cans suddenly exploded. He was thrown to the ground and found by coworkers with severe second and third degree burns to a majority of his body.

The incident happened around midnight Friday. An ambulance was called and he was rushed to hospital in serious condition.

It is unclear if there was a fluid leak or if a cigarette butt was tossed in the direction of the boat. Authorities continue to investigate the official cause of the explosion.