No injuries in boat explosion on Mississippi River 

No one was injured in a boat fire on the Mississippi River off the shore of Inver Grove Heights Sunday afternoon.

Inver Grove Heights fire officials say they were called to the Mississippi Pub, a riverside restaurant with a gas dock for boats, at 1:25 p.m.

Brian King captured the fire on Facebook live.

King said the boat had just filled up with gas at the Mississippi Pub when they started the boat and there was an explosion. He said the windows on the bottom part of the boat exploded.

Because everyone on the boat was on the top level and not the bottom, they were able to climb to safety, according to King. He said they had to let the boat drift away because it was next to the gas.

The burning boat then drifted south from the restaurant to the swing bridge and caught some of the decking of the bridge on fire, according to fire officials.

Crews put out the blaze and there were no injuries. The bridge is closed and will reopen at 9 a.m. Monday, according to Inver Grove Heights fire.

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