Two Men Burned As Florida Fishing Boat Explodes

Two Fort Lauderdale men intent on spending Sunday fishing were instead hospitalized with burns after their boat exploded.

The explosion happened about 6:05 a.m. at the Alsdorf Park boat ramp on the Intracoastal Waterway in Pompano Beach. The impact threw both men to the deck before they scrambled to safety, Pompano Beach Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Sandra King said. "Apparently, they were in a vapor cloud, and that's what caused the explosion," King said.

The names and conditions of the victims, who were both in their 40s, were unavailable Sunday, said Broward Sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal.

Both men were conscious when transported to North Broward Medical Center with burns mostly to their torsos, King said. One of the men, who had burns over about 30 percent of his body, was transferred to the burn unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.