Paris: An explosion in a building in central Paris yesterday left five people injured, the media reported. The cause of the blast, at sixth district of Paris, was a gas explosion said the police.
Firefighters intervene after a building exploded in Paris. Pic/AFP
The building is on the Rue d’Uzes, close to the Paris Stock Exchange building and the headquarters of the AFP news agency. Around 140 firefighters were on the scene to rescue people from the building which contains offices for businesses including lawyers, accountants and telecommunications firms.
“We heard a really loud explosion and saw the smoke,” a student at the nearby Ferrandi culinary institute said. The force of the blast blew out some of the prestigious school’s windows, a witness said. “People were scared, they thought it was a bomb,” said a Ferrandi employee.
More than four months after the attacks in Paris in November that claimed 130 lives, jitters were revived by the March 22 attacks in Brussels and the announcement three days later of a foiled attack in France.
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