A large explosion tore through central Paris early Saturday morning, injuring several people and damaging buildings.
Reports quoted police sources as saying the cause was a gas leak in a bakery on the Rue de Trevise in the 9th district of the French capital. The blast occured around 9 a.m. local time (3 a.m. EST).
Some reports said 20 people were injured, with two left fighting for life. But there is no official statement yet on the number of casualties or the nature of injuries from the blast.
Emergency services had arrived at the site of the blast and were giving medical assistance to those injured, reports said. Police evacuated the area. Pictures showed buildings on fire and firefighters trying to extinguish the flames amid the debris from the blast. Windows in adjacent buildings were blown out.
Paris and other cities have been the site of the “yellow vests” protests in recent weeks, and the authorities were preparing for another day of violence and vandalism Saturday. But the blast, according to initial reports, are not linked to the protests, or terrorism.
(This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more details become available)
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