Exploding Beaches

Another danger you need to worry about if you go to the beach: random, unexplained beach explosions.

Kathleen Danise, 60, was sitting in a chair on Salty Brine Beach in New Jersey, minding her own business, when suddenly the sand beneath her erupted, throwing her, as if shot out of a cannon, 10 feet into the air. She landed on the rocks of a jetty. Luckily she didn't die, but she did suffer a concussion and fracture two ribs.

Investigators are, so far, at a loss to explain what caused the explosion. They can't find any man-made device that would have done it. Was it a freak build-up of methane gas in the sand? Who knows! But plenty of conspiracy theories are already circulating online.

Danise, meanwhile, has vowed she isn't returning to the beach until the cause of the blast is determined.

More info: nbc4i.com, wfsb.com.

     Posted By: Alex - Tue Jul 14, 2015
     Category: Explosives

I read about this this AM and it seems that the version you read, Alex, is a much more violent story. I heard she only got tipped over and bumped her head.

I was probably some republican's left over ammunition from WWII that Bush's congress didn't properly fund clean-up for.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/14/15 at 09:17 AM
Sharks, flying umbrellas, jellyfish and now Random Unexplained Beach Explosions (RUBE). One might just as well stay home in bed.
Posted by KDP on 07/14/15 at 09:45 AM
Damn, the beach is a dangerous place.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/14/15 at 11:20 AM
So close to the Fourth of July, I would suspect somebody lost track of a firework in the sand, and time and tide rendered it pressure-sensitive.
Posted by tadchem on 07/14/15 at 11:45 AM
It never would have happened if she'd just stayed inside playing video games!
Posted by Phideaux on 07/14/15 at 12:51 PM
Not the first time it's happened, and it could have been worse:
As the URL shows, this one had snails flying out of it!
Posted by Captain DaFt on 07/14/15 at 08:10 PM
I was going to say an over-abundance of clam farts, but snail farts could do it too.
Posted by RobK on 07/16/15 at 11:21 AM
I'm not sure how New Jersey got into your post. Salty Brine beach is in Narraganset, RI. Its named after a local radio celebrity. The woman that got hurt was here on vacation. She lives in Connecticut.
Posted by Chris Keavy on 07/16/15 at 06:49 PM
That was Rhode island. They still don't know.
Posted by Craig ross on 07/28/15 at 10:09 PM
The authorities have deemed the case closed, with this explanation: buried decomposing copper cable made hydrogen gas.
Posted by Paul on 07/29/15 at 11:44 AM
Are you serious Paul?
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 07/31/15 at 02:27 PM
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