PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s top environmental official says scientists trying to figure out the cause of a mysterious blast at a state beach that sent a woman flying are now pursuing a specific cause.

Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit says they have “narrowed it down,” but she isn’t disclosing their theory until testing finishes.

A Connecticut woman was thrown into a jetty at Narragansett’s Salty Brine beach after a loud boom July 11.

(Image Credit: Brian Yocono/WPRI)

Salty Brine beach following a July 11 explosion. (Image Credit: Brian Yocono/WPRI)

Investigators didn’t find evidence of an explosive device.

Scientists began looking at whether the soil is suitable for chemicals that can cause explosions, such as hydrogen and methane.

Coit says she initially thought the mystery might never be solved.

She says it now looks like she will either know what happened, or have a very good theory.

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