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Paris: gas cooker explosion in central Paris – 6th arrondissement

A violent explosion has rocked the centre of Paris, destroying part of a building and sending smoke rising over the French capital.


Officials said at least five people were injured in the blast, which blew out windows in an 100m radius and sent debris raining into surrounding streets.


Residents living nearby in the 6th arrondissement were evacuated after the accident, which may have been caused by a gas cooker according to police sources.

Kem Phetsomphou said he felt the explosion inside the Tour Montparnasse, formerly France’s tallest skyscraper, which overlooks the district.

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