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Movie Set Truck Explosion Injures 3

January 7, 1998 GMT

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.

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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.

Two of the injured people were taken to the burn center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, officials said. The other was in fair condition at a Wilmington hospital.

Filming was halted while authorities investigated the blast.