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Small boat explodes in Mason County, 1 man hurt

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One person is hurt after a boat explosion in Mason County (Photo courtesy of Mason County Sheriff's Office) One person is hurt after a boat explosion in Mason County (Photo courtesy of Mason County Sheriff's Office)
SHELTON, Wash. -

The Mason County Sheriff's Office says a small boat has exploded off Arcadia Point in south Puget Sound, injuring one person.

A photo posted on the sheriff's Twitter feed showed a fireball and thick plume of smoke from the 22-foot vessel after the explosion was reported just offshore Saturday morning. Officials said one person, a 20-year-old man with burns to his hands and face, was being flown to a hospital.

Arcadia Point is east of Shelton near Squaxin Island and the entrance to Totten Inlet. Officials asked people to stay out of the area.

The Coast Guard, fire crews and state Department of Ecology were also responding.

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