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Gas explosion kills 16-year-old in S.W. Ala.

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) - A south Alabama teenager died from severe burns he suffered when a drum filled with gasoline exploded.

Escambia County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said it happened Tuesday night just before 7:30 p.m. at a residence on the Escambia-Baldwin County line.

Lambert said 16-year-old Christopher Smith and a companion were standing next to a fire in a 55-gallon drum when it exploded.

Witnesses told deputies the blast occurred when one of the boys poured gasoline into the drum.

Smith suffered severe burns over most of his body.

The teen died Wednesday afternoon at the University of South Alabama Medical Center. ---

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