Photos shared on social media show the windows blown out of the building with rubble strewn across the street.
The reason of the explosion is not know yet. (Photo: Twitter/@AhronYoung
A massive explosion struck Central Paris on Saturday causing several injuries. According to initial reports, the explosion took place at a bakery on Rue de Trevise, which is located in the 9th arrondissement of the French capital.
The massive blast rocked buildings hundreds of metres away and blew out the entire ground floor of a building in the Paris shopping district. Firefighters pulled injured victims out of windows and evacuated residents as smoke billowed out of the building.
Reports of a large explosion in Paris with a number of casualties pic.twitter.com/jVNQ6bRpZR
Ahron Young (@AhronYoung January 12, 2019
Witnesses described the overwhelmingly sound of the blast and people trapped inside nearby buildings.
A Paris police spokeswoman told Associated Press that several injuries have been reported to police but no deaths.
The cause of the explosion is not known yet. The police, however, believe it was caused by a gas leak in a bakery. The public has been advised to stay away from the area to allow emergency services access.
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This is a developing story. More to follow.