Fatal boat explosion on Long Island

Fatal boat explosion on Long Island

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Detectives from the Nassau County Homicide Squad are investigating an explosion that destroyed a boat, burned two docks, and killed one person in Manorhaven on Wednesday afternoon.

Two dock workers and two boaters were gassing up a docked 33-foot Carver motor boat just after 2:45 p.m. when an explosion tore through the boat, setting it and the dock on fire, police said. The blast knocked one man into the water, police said. That man died.

He was identified as Bob Hogan, the boat owner, former NYPD captain and past mayor of Plandome Manor, reported Newsday.

Another worker ran to help and pushed the burning boat away from the dock, police said. The fire burned his arms and face, but he is now listed in stable condition at a hospital, police said.

The boat, engulfed in flames, drifted to a nearby dock where it set the dock and two other boats on fire, police said.

Video from SkyFoxHD showed the boat completely burned and partially submerged. The fueling dock appeared partially burned but intact. The boat's carcass could be seen near what appears to be a destroyed dock, but it isn't clear if that happened in this incident.

The Nassau County Marine Bureau, Nassau County Arson/Bomb Squad, Port Washington Police Department, and Port Washington Fire Department all responded to the scene.

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