Beach evacuated; witnesses report boom, woman knocked down
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Officials are trying to determine what caused a blast that knocked a Rhode Island beachgoer to the ground, but left behind no obvious evidence of an explosive device.
Salty Brine beach in Narragansett was evacuated late Saturday morning after witnesses reported a possible explosion that knocked a woman into a rock wall.
State Department of Environmental Management spokeswoman Rayne Maguire tells the Providence Journal the woman was taken to a hospital. No other injuries were reported.
Department Associate Director Larry Mouradjian told the newspaper there was no evidence of a device that caused the loud boom.
A witness reported hearing the loud noise seeing the woman get knocked over a few feet from him.
Mouradjian says a report of a suspicious person was checked out but investigators’ concerns were satisfied.