The story about the boat explosion in Manhasset reminded me of an almost identical event one summer in the early 1970s in Huntington ["Gas fumes eyed in fatal boat blast," News, Aug. 22]. I was a seasonal bay constable at the time.

There were no fatalities, but the blast threw everyone overboard into the water. The explosion occurred at a gas dock after refueling. We towed other boats from their moorings, away from the flames, while the Suffolk County police extinguished the fire. The boat burned to the waterline.

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Please remind all boaters to vent their bilges, clean up spills and open hatches after refueling. It only takes a few minutes.

Don Huber, East Northport