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Resort Explosion Kills Seven, Injures 18 – Homicide?

A homicide investigation is underway in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where five Canadians and seven Mexicans were killed by an explosion at the Grand Riviera Princess Hotel resort. Eighteen additional people suffered injuries.

Investigators are pursuing a theory that methane gas had accumulated from rotting material in waste water and the gas ignited, causing the explosion, the Vancouver Sun reports. Mexican authorities ruled out the possibility of an attack. Quintana Roo state attorney Francisco Alor said that homicide investigations are routine in Mexico whenever there are unexplained deaths. Complaints have been filed with Mexican authorities by three Canadian families.

Resort Torts are cases of civil liability for negligent or criminal acts that arise out of a resort, vacation or recreational setting. These can involve aspects of hotel and motel safety, cruise ship litigation, pleasure boating and jet ski incidents, amusement, aquatic, diving and swimming incidents, foreign travel and medical emergencies, gaming and casinos, aviation (commercial and general), rental car liability, moped, bicycle and motorcycle safety, buses and tour guides, travel industry liability for crime victims, and medical care provided to vacationers. Resort Torts can encompass a vast array of types of cases but they all have one thing in common: tourists, business travelers and locals alike are all exposed to risk while traveling, vacationing or engaging in resort or pleasure activities.

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