Multiple injuries after explosion at Paris bakery 'caused by gas leak'

Leroy Wright
January 12, 2019

There has been a loud explosion in the centre of Paris, police have confirmed.

Many people were injured after a powerful explosion in a bakery in central Paris wrecked cars and buildings on Saturday morning.

"The explosion was so severe, windows were breaking three or four blocks away where I was", Luke said.

In the immediate aftermath, smashed cars and debris from other shop fronts littered the street in front of the burning bakery as people stood around, looking stunned by the force of the explosion.

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According to French media, the blast, possibly ignited by a gas leak, occurred inside a bakery situated in Paris' 9th district.

"There was broken glass everywhere, storefronts were blown out and windows were shattered up to the third and fourth floors", said 38-year-old David Bangura. Several injuries had been reported to police but no deaths.

Police have quickly ruled out any terror link or link to the ongoing yellow vest protests planned for the city later on Saturday.

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