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    Swamp gas blamed for deadly Mexico hotel blast

    Tue, Nov 16, 2010
    AFP


    CANCUN, Mexico - A massive blast that killed five Canadian tourists and two Mexicans at a luxury beach resort appears to have been caused by gas from a nearby swamp, local authorities suggested Monday.

    Nine of 18 people hurt in Sunday's blast in the Grand Riviera Princess hotel in Playa del Carmen, south of Cancun in Quintana Roo state, were released from hospital Monday.

    Preliminary investigations indicated "an accumulation of gas caused by the decomposition of organic material" underneath the building was behind the explosion, which blew out windows, said state attorney general Francisco Alor.


    The damaged area of the hotel had been built four years ago on top of a swampy area, Alor said on Milenio television, ruling out that the blast was caused by an attack.

    However, an environment ministry representative warned against making "bold statements."

    "It's unlikely that there was an accumulation of gases," Gabriela Lima, a state official from the environment ministry, told AFP, calling on local authorities to wait for a full investigation.


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