Rhode Island beach to reopen after mysterious blast

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – State authorities have completed their investigation of a reported blast that knocked a Rhode Island beachgoer to the ground, concluding there are no threats to the public and no reason to keep the beach closed.

The state Department of Environmental Management released a statement late Saturday saying Salty Brine beach in Narragansett would reopen Sunday. Authorities had cleared the beach Saturday morning after witnesses reported a possible explosion that knocked a woman into a rock wall.

A witness reported hearing the noise and seeing the woman get knocked over a few feet from him.

DEM spokeswoman Rayne Maguire tells the Providence Journal the woman was taken to a hospital. No other injuries were reported.

State Police say an investigation found no evidence that an explosive device caused the loud boom.

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