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Mexico Ferry Explosion: At Least 25 Injured As 'Fireball' Rips Through Ship

25 February 2018

Local Civil Defense director Juan Medina Sosa said there were 25 injured, including three Canadians and two Americans, and all were in good condition.

Local media reported the explosion took place on a ferry at the pier of Playa del Carmen, a popular resort town on Mexico's Caribbean coast. "The report we're receiving is that there are individuals wounded by splinters", Cristina Torres, municipal president, told Mexican newspaper El Universal.

Police in Quintana Roo say the victims were taken into care in various hospitals.

During the explosion a fireball and debris flew sideways from the ferry.

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The cause of the incident was unknown; however, a preliminary indication for the cause of the explosion was "mechanical failure", according to Quintana Roo officials. Fortunately, officials said no one was killed and there are no serious injuries to report.

Playa del Carmen beach. The ferry's route was from Playa del Carmen to the island of Cozumel.

Images of the ferry showed what appeared to be a two-meter-long portion of the vessel's second-floor exterior blown out, exposing splintered wood and metal. In 2017, the Mexican government declared him a criminal due to corruption cases during his tenure, leading to his arrest at an airport in Panama last summer.

Mexico Ferry Explosion: At Least 25 Injured As 'Fireball' Rips Through Ship