The Grand Riviera Princess Hotel located at Playa del Carmen, Cancun Mexico took seven lives – five Canadians and 2 locals after a nearby swamp exploded. Reports say that the explosion was due to a gas build up from the said swamp, and the explosion was so powerful that chunks of stone, metal and other parts of the building were blown over 50 yards away from the hotel.
According to officials that investigated the scene, the powerful explosion has hurled the building floor through the roof. When the witnesses were asked for a statement, they said that they heard a very strong explosion and the smoke came out from the premium lounge of the said hotel. Other witnesses also stated that when they heard the explosion their rooms also shook. Aside from the hotel, the restaurants located nearby also suffered from the explosion, blowing out all their glass windows. In addition, the hut near the hotel also caught fire. In the scene of the explosion, there was a very big crater which resulted from its intensity.
In addition to the damages caused by the massive explosion, it also took seven lives, including 2 Mexicans and 5 Canadians. On top of this, it also injured 2 Americans 2 Canadians and 8 Mexicans. The five star hotel has catered mostly to Canadians and Americans. The investigations reveal that the explosion was not caused by the gases inside the hotel which is used for cooking but from the buildup of gas in the nearby swamp.