Explosion on fuel tanker causes panic, no injuries

An explosion on a ship off the coast of Brooklyn caused panic Sunday, but no crew members were injured.The ship was carrying more than 40,000

BROOKLYN - An explosion on a ship off the coast of Brooklyn caused panic Sunday, but no crew members were injured.

The ship was carrying more than 40,000 barrels of ethanol when an overpressurized tank ruptured, leaving a three-foot hole in the deck.

The Coast Guard blocked off a 1,000-foot area around the ship, but officials say none of the ethanol seeped into the water.

Authorities are still looking into the accident and are waiting for a safety engineer to further examine the ship.

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