2 injured in gas explosion at minor league ballpark in Lake Elsinore

Lake Elsinore's Diamond Stadium.
The entrance to Lake Elsinore’s Diamond Stadium, home of the Storm minor league baseball team.
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Two people were injured Friday in a natural gas explosion at a minor league ballpark in Lake Elsinore, hours before a game was set to take place.

The burst gas line caused a fire that was quickly doused by the sprinklers inside Diamond Stadium, said Maggie De La Rosa, a spokeswoman for the Riverside County Fire Department.

The incident was reported at 4:21 p.m., before fans had entered the stadium.

Two people sustained moderate injuries and were taken to a hospital, De La Rosa said.

“Plumbers were installing a dryer in the locker room when an ignition occurred,” Southern California Gas Go. spokesperson Ahmad Solomon wrote in an email. He said there is no danger to the public or immediate safety concern.


The Lake Elsinore Storm, the single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, had been set to play the Inland Empire 66ers at 7:15 p.m.

The Storm could not be immediately reached for comment, but the team announced on Twitter that games scheduled Friday and Saturday would be postponed until further notice “due to an incident at the stadium.”