Paris bakery explosion kills 4 people, injures 47 with 10 in critical condition – Fox News - http://www.straittalk.co.za | make money onlineJanuary 12, 2019 1:29 pm
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The explosion and fire blasted out the windows and even overturned cars, French authorities said. The incident occurred over Rue de Trevise in the upmarket 9th arrondissement of north-central Paris, not far from the shopping district that includes the famed headquarters of Galeries Lafayette.
“Unfortunately the human toll is particularly serious,” Castaner told the media. He added that “the situation is under control” and described his “shock” after seeing the damage.
Around 200 firefighters and police were involved in the emergency operation. A helicopter landed in the area to evacuate the wounded people.
The explosion caused debris and broken glass to cover the pavement. Some residents also described the loud blast, saying it scared them, fearing it was a terror attack.
“In the middle of nothing, I heard one big explosion and then a lot of pressure came at me (and) a lot of black smoke and glass,” the witness said. “And I had just enough time to get down and cover myself and protect my head.”
He added that the explosion left whistling in his ears. The hotel where he works was “destroyed” in the blast, he said.
The explosion occurred amid heavy police and emergency services presence in Paris due to the Yellow Vests protests, when protesters march on the capital every Saturday to show their dissatisfaction with the government.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.