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Sunken Barge Explodes; Salvage Diver Is Killed

United Press International

A sunken barge loaded with corn exploded during salvage operations on the Mississippi River on Monday, killing a diver, officials said. The diver was using an acetylene torch to cut through the Valley Lines & Equipment Co. barge when he apparently hit a pocket of what was thought to be methane gas given off by the corn as it fermented.


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