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GLEN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA — One person was killed and five more injured in an explosion on a houseboat at Lake Powell, according to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

Kirsten Meyer, of Castle Rock, Colorado, was killed in the blast, according to the sheriff's office.

Four others were critically wounded with injuries ranging from broken bones, burns and facial injuries, said Glen Canyon spokeswoman Mary Plumb. Those people were flown by medical helicopter to hospitals in Salt Lake City and Grand Junction, Colorado.

A boy also suffered minor injuries and was treated and released at the Bullfrog Clinic, according to a joint statement from the sheriff's office and the National Park Service.

About 10 p.m. Wednesday, a "large group" of people in the Crystal Springs Canyon area were attempting to start a generator when it exploded, according to a prepared statement from the sheriff's office.

"The cause of the explosion is under investigation. It was reported they were attempting to start a houseboat generator when it suddenly exploded," according to the statement.

The houseboat the group was using was not a rental, according to the park service. A total of 25 people were on board, Plumb said. The boat was anchored on shore near Halls Crossing, she said.

Contributing: Shara Park

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