An explosion has taken place at the Hubert bakery at No.6 Rue de Trévise at around 9AM.
French newspaper Le Parisien reports that the bakery was not open at the time of the blast. Firefighters were already responding to a gas leak reported at the address shortly before the explosion took place.
The explosion blew out windows from buildings with a couple of hundred metres radius of the bakery. Debris was shot across the street with reports of cars flipped over. The explosion has injured 20 people, 9 seriously. Some of the firefighters are among those hurt.
Speaking to Le Monde, a receptionist working in the Diva Hotel, close to the blast has said that guests were given reassurances that the blast was not terror related.
A local resident has also said that his windows were blown out in his apartment and he could hear screaming.
There has been no link made between the Yellow Vest protest currently taking place in Paris, nor has there been a suggestion that it was a terrorist attack.
“The situation is now under control,”
Reuters reports that Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters on the scene that ‘The situation is now under control,’ and that more than 200 firemen were involved in the rescue operation.
Rue de Trévise, aux côtés du Premier ministre, du procureur de Paris, du @prefpolice et de la Maire de la capitale.
Plus de 200 @PompiersParis sont engagés dans les opérations de secours.
Le bilan s’annonce lourd.
Mes premières pensées vont aux blessés et leurs proches. pic.twitter.com/bg8n5bCpi8
— Christophe Castaner (@CCastaner) January 12, 2019
The news agency also reports that a eyewitness who was staying at a hotel nearby said he saw a huge fire erupt in the building blown out by the blast.
“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.
He said that as he approached the scene, a woman was crying for help from the first floor of a building: “Help us, help us, we have a child”.
Two helicopters landed on the nearby Place de l’Opera to evacuate victims.
Updated 3: At least 20 people injured in explosion
French broadcaster France 24 is reporting that according to a police source, at least 20 people have been injured in the explosion.
— FRANCE 24 – Breaking (@BreakingF24) January 12, 2019
— Le Monde (@lemondefr) January 12, 2019
Updated 2: Nine seriously injured – French Police
Reuters is reporting that the police are saying that nine people are confirmed to have been seriously hurt following the explosion.
Updated: Possible gas leak caused explosion
The French and UK media are reporting that the explosion took place at around 9AM on the ground floor of a bakery on Rue de Trévise.
The explosion is reported to have originated from a gas leak within in the bakery which resulted in a fire and nearby windows smashing.
Footage and photos are showing that there are injured people being rescued from the scene.
There are also some unconfirmed reports of a bomb going off.
The explosion has taken place on the same day that the Yellow Vest Protests are taking place in the city, but there has been no link made between the two situations at this time.
Explosion in Paris; injuries and casualties unconfirmed
There are reports of an explosion which has taken place on Rue De Trevise in Paris.
There are unconfirmed reports of people with injuries and screams of people trapped in the building which was hit.
This will be updated as more information comes in…