US Coast Guard http://apr.org en Coast Guard: Tug Boat Sparked April Barge Explosion http://apr.org/post/coast-guard-tug-boat-sparked-april-barge-explosion <p></p><p>A Coast Guard report says a passing tugboat helped spark the massive explosions that rocked the Mobile River and injured three people in April.</p><p>A preliminary report&nbsp;&nbsp; says workers were cleaning fuel storage tanks on two barges moored at Oil Recovery Co. in Mobile on April 24.</p><p>The report says flammable vapors from the barges entered the engine room of the towing boat Safety Runner, causing a brief fire. Investigators believe the flames traveled back to the barges and resulted in the explosions.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:13:59 +0000 Associated Press 32540 at http://apr.org Coast Guard: Tug Boat Sparked April Barge Explosion