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February 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Update: 10 gallons of oil spilled, 5 injured after boat explosion at Port Orchard Yacht Club

 About 10 gallons of oil were spilled into Puget Sound outside Port Orchard Yacht Club after a 39-foot wooden boat sank and later exploded during efforts to salvage it.

Crews from the Washington State Department of Ecology are working to manage the spill, according to a news release.

Earlier Monday, five people were injured during efforts to salvage the boat, which sank Sunday.

A Kitsap Fire and Rescue official tells KOMO News that the boat had just been raised by salvage crews when its owner tried to hook up a bilge pump and a spark ignited nearby gas cans Monday afternoon.

Two of the victims had serious but non-life-threatening injuries and were taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

The explosion caused minor damage to the boat house and nearby boats. The Department of Ecology warned those living nearby that they may smell odors as a result of the spill.

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