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RI governor says no malicious activity led to beach blast

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Kathleen Danise is recovering at her Waterbury home after the unexplained explosion. (WFSB) Kathleen Danise is recovering at her Waterbury home after the unexplained explosion. (WFSB)
PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) -

Rhode Island's governor says she would put her beach chair on the exact spot where a mysterious blast threw a beachgoer into a nearby jetty.

Gov. Gina Raimondo said Tuesday that authorities are still investigating but they've ruled out any unlawful or malicious activity as the cause of the blast on Salty Brine beach in Narragansett.

Raimondo says the beach is safe and that her family visited the beach over the weekend. She says her only concern was that her children were swimming out too far.

The beach was temporarily evacuated Saturday after a woman reported that an explosion sent her flying from her beach chair into a jetty 10 feet away.

Kathleen Danise, 60, was enjoying a warm sunny weekend day at Salty Brine Beach when authorities said she was violently thrown from her chair and onto the rocks of a jetty around 11:15 a.m.

"There was a bang first, movement in the rocks, then eruption, all simultaneously," said Laura Demartino, who is the victim's sister.

The U.S. Coast Guard was at the beach on Tuesday removing an underground cable that used to power navigational lights in the harbor.

Officials said the cable hasn't been active since 2007.

The Coast Guard made the decision to remove the portion of cable that runs under the beach as a precaution but they are confident it didn't cause the blast.

"Right now we believe it's a dead cable but we're going to continue investigating and trace it back to see if there's possibility that it could have become energized. We haven't ruled that out completely," said Rhode Island State Police Lt. Col. Todd Catlow.

Danise is recovering after having two fractured ribs, and bruises.

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