1 child remains in hospital after Md. boat explosion

Children are shown in the water after being thrown from a boat that had an explosion in Edgewater, Md. (ABC7/@KendisGibson)

UPDATE: Tuesday – 5/28/2013, 4:04pm ET

WASHINGTON – One victim remains in the hospital after a boat explosion over the Memorial Weekend that happened on the South River in Anne Arundel County, Md.

A 9-year-old boy is at Johns Hopkins Hospital in stable condition.

The other five children and two adults, Sonia Villafeurter, 34 , and Gladys Miranda, 31, have been released.

EARLIER: Tuesday – 5/28/2013, 5:32am ET

EDGEWATER, Md. — Anne Arundel County fire officials say seven people were injured Monday after an explosion and fire on a boat in the South River near Edgewater, Md.

Lt. Jack Beall tells WTOP most of the victims are children.

It happened about noon Monday at the Oak Grove Marina. Fire Department Division Chief Keith Swindle says the 32-foot pleasure boat had just refueled when the engine stalled. He said while someone was trying to restart the engine, an explosion and flash fire occurred.

Beall says two 9-year-olds, a girl and a boy, were both taken to the burn center at Johns Hopkins Bayview with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

A 13-year-old girl was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins with non-life-threatening injuries.

Four more people, a 9-year-old boy, a 12-year-old girl, a 13-year-old girl and a 31-year-old woman were taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Department of Natural Resources is investigating the explosion.

WTOP’s Michelle Basch contributed to this report.

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