NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — Local beachgoers are reacting to the news that the likely cause of the blast at Salty Brine State Beach was a build up of gas in the sand from an old copper wire.
“I agree with that actually,” said Michele Dubois of Wakefield. “I think it was more of a natural, natural thing that happened.”
“I didn’t believe it. I thought it was crazy,” said Pawtucket resident John Malmberg. “I’ve never heard nothing like that before. Yeah I thought it was nuts.”
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The beach was shut down for the day when the blast happened on July 11. It reopened the next day, without an explanation of how a woman was launched into the air.
“I feel like what happened was a freak accident, but I feel like it’s still safe,” says Rosanna Mendez of Providence.
East Greenwich resident Alfred Almonte said the blast did not change his mind about going to the beach.
“We love the beach and we like to get here as often as we can and we’ll continue to do that.”