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Movie Set Truck Explosion Injures 3

January 7, 1998

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) _ A truck loaded with explosive charges caught fire Tuesday during the filming of a movie starring Patrick Swayze, injuring three people.

Neither Swayze nor his co-stars, Meat Loaf and Randy Travis, were at the scene when the explosion happened at about 2 p.m.

Gary Shell of the Wilmington Film Permit Office said the blast took place as crew members prepared to film a final scene for the movie ``Black Dog″ on a cordoned-off city street.

``A truck was to collide with another truck, and then there was to be an explosion,″ he said.

As crew members held a final safety meeting, one of three charges exploded, blowing the door off one of the trucks and igniting a fire, Shell said. The charge was a napalm-like substance that produces a bright flash, he said.

One victim was in fair condition at a Wilmington hospital and another was in critical condition at the burn center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. The third victim, whose condition was unavailable, was being transferred from the hospital to the burn center.

Filming was halted while authorities investigated the blast.

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