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One injured when watercraft explodes

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A South St. Paul woman was injured Sunday afternoon after the personal watercraft she was a passenger on exploded on the St. Croix River.

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Nichole Ashely Montez, 20, was propelled into the air by the explosion along with operator Scott D. Czaplewski, 50, of Eagan, Minnesota, following a machine malfunction, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department. Czaplewski re-fuled the watercraft and attempted to start it when the incident occurred.

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