Police sources confirmed to AFP it was a gas explosion. A firefighter, blown by the blast, was seriously injured, the firefighters told Liberation. Sixteen other people, including 10 firefighters, were slightly injured, he added. Firefighters and ambulances have been deployed to the scene.
“We heard a loud explosion and saw smoke,” two students from Ferrandi college told AFP. “People were scared, they believed that it was a bomb,” a college employee added. The blast reportedly took place not far from the Montparnasse area, on the left bank of the Seine.