Several injured in gas explosion at bakery in Paris

Paris's ninth district was rocked by a large blast at a bakery injuring several people

Paris's ninth district was rocked by a large blast at a bakery injuring several people

A powerful explosion and fire apparently caused by a gas leak at a Paris bakery has injured several people, blasted out windows and overturned cars, French police said.

Cars were wrecked and other buildings damaged by the blast on Rue de Trévise in the 9th Arrondissement.

Firefighters showed up at the scene shortly after the explosion.

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"The explosion was so severe, windows were breaking three or four blocks away where I was", Luke said. Debris from a burned vehicle and broken glass littered the pavement.

Images shared on social media, purportedly from the site of the blast, showed debris strewn across the boulevard and flames coming from the base of the building. A Paris spokeswoman told CNN there are victims, adding it is too early to say how many.

A fire broke out after the blast at around 8am Irish time in the busy 9th district of the city, which police suspect may have been caused by a gas leak.

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