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Teen injured in jet ski explosion on Lake Hartwell

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ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate teen is recovering after being injured in a jet-ski explosion on Lake Hartwell, according to officials.

Chief Billy Gibson of the Anderson County Fire Department said the teen was fueling up the watercraft at Portman Marina Saturday around 6:30 p.m., when the youth mistakenly put gasoline in the oil tank.

Gibson said the engine blew up when the youth later cranked the jet ski.

The teen suffered minor burns and scrapes from the blast, but his injuries were non-life-threatening, Gibson said.

The incident caused between five and eight gallons of fuel to spill into the lake.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Anderson County Hazmat crews assisted firefighters in cleaning up the minor spill, Gibson said.

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