Two dead, 18 injured in gas explosion at restaurant in Mexican tourist town

Explosion in restaurant due to gas accumulation in Playa del Carmen
Police officers guard a scene of an explosion believed to be caused by a gas buildup at the Kool Beach restaurant that injured four tourists, according to local media, March 14, 2022 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. REUTERS/Stringer

March 15, 2022

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – An explosion caused by a gas leak killed two people and injured 18 at a restaurant in a beachfront tourist town in Mexico’s Quintana Roo state on Monday, local authorities said.

The two victims were employees of the restaurant in the popular resort area of ​​Playa del Carmen, according to a statement shared on Twitter by Quintana Roo’s Attorney General.

Eight of the 18 people taken to hospitals after the blast have already been discharged, the statement said. Local authorities said 15 of those injured were restaurant employees.

Gas leaks have been the source of other fatal incidents in popular tourist areas in Mexico. In 2018, a US family of four, including two children, was found dead at their vacation rental community in Akumal, about an hour from Cancun . choked on gas.

In 2010, two five Canadian tourists and two workers were killed in a gas explosion that destroyed a hotel restaurant in Playa del Carmen.

(Reporting by Valentine Hilaire and Cassandra Garrison; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell) Two dead, 18 injured in gas explosion at restaurant in Mexican tourist town

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