Boat explodes on Lake Lanier, injuring six people including two teens

HALL COUNTY, Ga. — Firefighters say two teenagers and an adult were seriously injured and several other people were hurt when a boat exploded on Lake Lanier Sunday.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. at a gas dock near Margaritaville.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said the boat exploded while refueling. A burning jet ski that drifted from the fire caught a nearby dock on fire, Hall County fire officials said.

Fire crews found the boat and dock engulfed in flames. Six people were injured.

A 16-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy were airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital. A 39-year-old woman was taken to Grady by ambulance. Three other people refused to go to the hospital.

The Hall County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the incident.

The victims identities and conditions have not been released.

Jackson Daley, an employee at Margaritaville nearby, shared video of the aftermath of the explosion with Channel 2 Action News.

“I heard a kid yell, ‘Woah, there’s a fire!’ I then saw hoards of people rushing to see it, so I decided to leave my position for a moment and record some shots for it,” Daley said.


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