Video: Jet Ski Explosion at Kawasaki Dealership Investigation Ongoing


Three men were injured when a Kawasaki Jet Ski exploded in the parking lot of Kelly’s Kawasaki dealership in Mesa, CA. The incident occurred June 8,2015. The aftermath of the horrific explosion was shown in this video provided by Arizona’s 12 News.

Emergency personnel from Mesa and Gilbert provided medical care to three seriously injured males; the shop employed one of the wounded. Two of the men were in critical condition and were stabilized on scene. The third man – a 16-year-old boy – was fortunate to have only minor wounds.

No specifics as to the extent of the injuries were reported. A Mesa firefighter and a medical spokesperson informed 12 News that all three of the injured men were transported to trauma and burn units for burns and shrapnel injuries. Those were the worst injuries any of the men sustained.

Aerial images from Sky 12 show the bottom half of the watercraft still trailered and hitched to the back of a truck in the parking lot. The top half of the ski was completely blown off and lying in pieces in the midst of the debris that was scattered in the vicinity of the vehicle. The pickups tailgate was also charred and blackened due to the explosion. Locals reported of pieces of the ski being found on nearby roofs.

When the original story relating to the exploding ski was published, no additional details were available as to what caused the incident. With the proper care given and immediate transport to the burn unit, the men will hopefully make full recoveries.

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Ocean Priselac

An avid mountain and bodyboarder who lives by "if you don't go, you'll never know," with an affinity for wildlife and animal rescue; surf forecasting is a huge part of Ocean's life and was a winner in Red Bull's Project Swell several years ago. The 2014 LB2CAT was her first jet ski competition and can't wait to do it again!


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  1. Wavechopper 28 June, 2015 at 22:39 Reply

    Wow that’s unbelievable. How could it have exploded? Looks charred where the fuel tank is located but fuel doesn’t explode just like that… may be there was a leak and the fumes were all trapped underneath until someone pulled out their lighter…?

  2. ocean 29 June, 2015 at 06:11 Reply

    I know! Shocking! I haven’t found any updates either and I wondered about a fuel leak and fumes meeting with a fire source as well. It looks a bomb went off! Crazy!

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