A gas explosion at the Grand Riviera Princess Hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico over the weekend killed seven people and Mexican authorities are still trying to determine the cause.
The explosion, which sent shattered glass, metal and stone flying, occurred around 9:30am local time on Sunday in the touristy Mayan Riviera region. The lobby of the Grand Riviera Princess Hotel was destroyed and officials are saying the buildup of gas from a nearby swamp might be the cause.
It has been reported that two Mexicans and seven Canadians were killed in the blast including a young boy and a newlywed. Ronald Argueta, who was married at the resort Wednesday, went home to Toronto after the explosion. He was eating at a nearby restaurant when he heard the explosion:
There was a big cloud of smoke, and that’s when the chaos started, people were running around, asking for medical assistance and stuff. That’s when we knew it was really serious.
Luckily all of the guests who attended his wedding got home safely. Other Grand Riviera Princess guests said the lack of information after the blast was terrifying. Ramon Macias explained:
It was scary, especially since you didn’t know what happened. We didn’t know if another area in the resort was going to explode as well, because they didn’t say anything.
There were no gas lines in the area where the explosion occurred.