Explosion Rocks Rhode Island Beach, Blasts a Woman Onto Rocks

Bomb squad officials investigate the mysterious combustion at Salty Brine Beach.
1:46 | 07/11/15

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We begin tonight with a scare on a popular beach in Rhode Island that sent sunbathers scrambling. A bomb squad rushed to the scene after a blast that witnesses say felt like a gas explosion or an earthquake. The force of that blast so great, it sent a woman flying into the air. She landed on the rocks. That's her right there on the stretcher. No word yet on her condition tonight. So, what caused that blast? ABC's Mary Bruce leading us off tonight. Report of rocks fallen on a subject. Unknown how many victims we have. Reporter: Tonight, officials in Rhode Island investigating what caused a terrifying explosion in the middle of a crowded beach. Felt like an earthquake or a gas explosion. Reporter: The blast coming from underneath the sand. People started screaming and running toward the area and yelling for help and to call 911. It was very busy. Very chaotic. Reporter: The force so strong, it threw a 50-year-old woman onto a nearby rock wall. Respond now, salty brine beach for a subject pinned under rocks. Reporter: First responders rushing her to a local hospital. Her condition tonight unknown. The beach immediately evacuated. A bomb squad scrambling to the scene. We have no evidence or indication that there was a device. This could be natural. It could be man made. At this point, it's still under investigation. Reporter: Late today, officials saying they have found no evidence of foul play. I have not been told of any evidence that would suggest that there is shrapnel or any type of device. Reporter: At this hour, the cause of the explosion remains a mystery. And while some eyewitnesses tell us they smelled gas shortly after the explosion, the gas and electric company tell us there are no gas lines at that beach. Cecilia?

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