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Four Hurt In California Septic System Blast

OCCIDENTAL, Calif. - Authorities say four men were injured in an explosion at a Sonoma County conference center that apparently occurred when a spark ignited methane in a septic system.

The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa reports that one of the victims suffered third-degree burns in Wednesday's blast at the Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds near Occidental.

The others had first and second-degree burns. One of the men also injured his eye.

Fire officials say workers were draining septic tanks and then filling them with gravel when a jackhammer they were using caused a spark that triggered the blast.

Two of the victims were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Another two were taken to Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol.

Information from: The Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemo.com

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