Mexico blames gas leak for hotel blast

An overturned chair lies on the lawn amongst debris after an explosion at a hotel in Cancun on Nov....

An overturned chair lies on the lawn amongst debris after an explosion at a hotel in Cancun on Nov. 14, 2010. (REUTERS)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

The hotel explosion that killed seven people, including five Canadians, in Mexico last month was caused by a gas-line leak, Mexican officials said Tuesday.

On Nov. 14, an explosion at the Grand Riviera Princess Hotel in Playa del Carmen on Mexico's Caribbean Coast killed five Canadian tourists and two Mexicans. Another 18 people were injured, including eight Canadians.

Attorney General Francisco Alor, who represents the state of Quintana Roo, where the hotel is located, said new evidence suggests a gas leak is to blame, the Associated Press reports.

Alor said authorities found an unauthorized extension of a gas line under the hotel lounge. That gas line could have been set off by a spark from an electric switch or plug, he said. The municipality has fined the hotel $487,000.


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