UPDATE: The hotel explosion that resulted in the death of five Canadian tourists and two hotel workers appears to be the result of swamp gas. The explosion occurred last week at the Grand Riviera Princess hotel in Playa del Carmen. Mexican investigator, Francisco Alor stated “The report suggests an accumulation of gases produced by decomposing organic material in the subsoil, and this gas produced the explosion.” The hotel was built above a swamp area and is located 55 miles from Cancun. Nine people remain hospitalized.
ORIGINAL STORY: An explosion has occurred at the Grand Riviera Princess Hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. A public security official in Playa del Carmen told CNN that about seven people—including a minor—were killed in the blast. Witnesses at the scene tell CP24 that about 20 people have also been seriously injured.
The explosion happened at around 10:30 a.m. local time. Authorities say they are still investigating what caused the blast but believe it may have been caused by a gas leak.
A gas line or stove exploded at the Grand Riviera Princess, Police Commander Arturo Guillermo said.
Pete Travers, news director at an Ontario radio station,who was vacationing at the hotel said, “I heard a very, very large crash, a bang,” he said. He then rushed out of his room and saw that the glass walls of the hotel restaurant had shattered and that debris was strewn everywhere. “There was blood and injuries from flying glass and debris. No way of knowing just how injured these people were,” Travers said. “I saw three or four people receiving triage, they appeared to my eyes to be tourists.”