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Beach evacuated; witnesses report boom, woman knocked down

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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.