Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange was in Paris covering the Yellow Vest revolts when a massive explosion went off near his hotel room in a residential neighborhood on Rue du Trévise near the city center before 9AM local time. He was livestreaming on the scene before emergency crews arrived.
Initially, a terrorist attack was feared but it’s now being reported that the explosion was accidental in nature, due to a gas leak that was being investigated by the fire department when it occurred. 7 people were seriously injured, with 2 firemen in critical condition. The shock wave blew out windows in a radius of several city blocks and dozens of residents were evacuated.
At this time, the explosion is being reported as unrelated to the Yellow Vest protests.