At least 26 people were injured Monday by the explosion of part of a roof at the Seminole Classic Casino in Hollywood, in Broward County, Florida.
According various local media, 20 people received treatment for minor injuries and another six were hospitalized after the breaking of part of the roof of the casino, due to the explosion of a tank with material to extinguish fires, in the morning hours.
Seminole Tribe spokesman Gary Bitner initially said a mechanical unit had fallen through the roof and into the building. He later stated that maintenance was being performed on a fire suppression system within the building when a gas tank that is part of the system ruptured.
Four of the six people who were hospitalized were treated and released in the afternoon. None of the injuries were life-threatening, Bitner said. Initially, an “explosion” was described that blew up a section of the wall and threw debris into the air.
One of those present, Raynier Hernández, referred to NBC that some of the debris fell on him, but that he was not injured. The players were shocked and ran towards the exits. The injured were treated at Memorial Regional Hospital.
About 100 people were in the casino shortly before 10 a.m. at the time of the blast, he said. Local 10 News, which obtained a video showing the fragments scattered on the casino floor.
Investigators continue to find out the exact cause of the incident at the facility, founded in 1979 and located at 4150 North State Road 7, approximately half a mile south of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
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