Paris (AP) - In a serious explosion in the middle of Paris, 36 people have been injured, according to the police. Twelve of them would have sustained serious injuries, five were in mortal danger, said a police spokeswoman for the German Press Agency.
Among the seriously injured were three firefighters. The blast took place Saturday around 9:00 am on Rue de Trévise, about one kilometer from the Paris Opera House. Much spoke for an accident.
Originally, the fire department had been called on suspicion of escaping gas to the site of the later explosion, as the police spokeswoman said in the morning. Around 100 police officers and nearly 200 firefighters were in action, according to Interior Minister. The situation was under control, it said in the morning.
The explosion shook the 9th arrondissement in Paris shortly before announced demonstrations of the "yellow vests" in the capital. The authorities fear a renewed escalation of violence during the protests. Around 5000 security forces are deployed in Paris to secure the demonstrations. In recent weeks, the protests of the movement had repeatedly come to violence and riots. Especially Paris was affected.