Cancun, recently the site of resort shootings, had chaos break out at its airport on Monday morning. What may have been an explosion in the baggage claim area was interpreted as an active shooter. Terminal 3 at the airport shut down, and passengers went running, as armed officers stormed into the building.
Reports claim the terminal has been partially evacuated and that firefighters are on the scene. Some witnesses described a gunfire type sound, while others reported a loud “explosion”.
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The state of Quintana Roo and government of Mexico have a strong desire to project an image of safety for Cancun and the surrounding region, since it’s heavily reliant on tourism. Armed forces have deployed to beaches to deter violence by competing drug gangs. While it’s too early to say whether today’s incident at the Cancun airport was in any way related, additional chaos seemingly involving risk of bodily injury doesn’t support the government’s efforts of projecting stability.