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Punta Cana’s Resort explosion ruins Canadian couple’s destination wedding

A Canadian couple’s dream destination wedding in the Dominican Republic turned into a nightmare situation following an explosion at their resort.

And even months after the blast tore through the Dreams Punta Cana, the wedding guests say they’re not satisfied with the resort’s response to the incident or its explanation as to what was behind the explosion.

“When you see the big shards of glass at our table, you realize how serious an incident this was and how fortunate we are that we weren’t more seriously injured,” wedding guest John Yannitsos told CTV Calgary.

An explosion rocked the five-star resort on May 10  — a day after a Calgary couple celebrated their wedding with about 70 guests.

The bride’s father Brad Laforge said while the wedding day was perfect, things took a frightening turn the following night.

“I heard the explosion, felt a shockwave and saw an orange glow and heat coming at us,” Laforge recalled.

Photos from the scene of the explosion show the ceiling completely collapsed inside a restaurant, debris, including shattered glass, covering the tables and a raging fire just outside the establishment.

The group said they were left to try to locate their loved ones on their own.

“There was no presence of management or security to support us,” Yannitsos said.

The group escaped the blast with cuts and bruises and they were treated by a doctor in their party.

The local fire department said in a statement that the accident was the result of high winds which caused the ceiling inside one of the resort’s restaurants to collapse. It said the explosion was caused by “a derivative of petroleum or other chemical.”

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