Seminole Classic Casino in Hollywood reopens after blast knocks down drywall; 6 hospitalized – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – The Seminole Classic Casino in Hollywood reopened about 10 hours after an explosion that collapsed part of the drywall, injuring more than two dozen people and rushing six of them to hospital.

7News cameras captured the entrance to the casino, located at 7 4150 N State Road, which was open to the public again on Monday evening.

“We reopened at 8:30 am and people came back for fun,” said Gary Bitner, a spokesman for the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

However, just before 10 a.m. it was a chaotic scene in the casino.

Cell phone video captured a hole in the wall near some slot machines and debris scattered across the floor.

“One big explosion and everyone got out and ran,” said witness Rainier Hernandez.

“It got very dark as smoke and pulled all the fibers off the walls. I don’t even know what it is, ”said another witness.

“Like a big bomb, like a bomb went off,” said a woman who was near where the drywall collapsed.

Hollywood Fire Rescue units responded around 10:30 a.m.

Officials from the Seminole tribe who own the casino said it appears workers are doing maintenance on a fire extinguishing system behind the drywall twice a year.

“They were in the process of getting the hoses ready and reconnecting the system when one of them burst and three of the tanks immediately emptied,” Bitner said. “In fact, parts of it burned and it pushed other items around the area it was in because it was powerful.”

The building has been evacuated.

Twenty patients were treated on site with minor injuries, and six were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital.

“Six people were transported, there were 20 people who refused to allow them to be transported, that’s a combination of employees and guests who were here at the time,” said Bitner. “At that point in time there were around 100 people standing between employees and guests.”

7SkyForce hovered over the scene as first responders treated victims.

“Lots of fiber in my body and stuff,” said Hernandez.

“I was close to it, so the paramedics checked me out and I’m going home,” said the woman. “Everything seems to be under control.”

7News cameras captured paramedics as they drove one of the patients to the hospital.

One of the victims sustained a head injury that was not classified as life threatening. There were no reports of significant injuries.

By Monday afternoon, four of the six people brought to the hospital had already been discharged.

Bitner said the drywall has now been repaired.

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