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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A scuba diving air cannister exploded at the Capital Dive Shop in Olympia Tuesday afternoon, damaging the building and but causing no injuries.

Residents near the dive shop reported hearing the explosion at Harrison and Decatur streets around 12:30 p.m. One witness reported hearing a hiss and a horrible smell afterward.

Olympia Fire Department Chief Greg Wright said the air tank was outside the building and had thrown debris about 50 yards in each direction. The blast also created a hole in the shop's back wall. One store worker was inside at the time; he was not injured.

Three other businesses in the strip mall where the shop was located did not report any damage. They have closed for the rest of the day while L&I officials conduct their investigation.

An Olympia Police Department spokesperson said the incident apparently was an accident.

More to follow.


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