A powerful explosion caused by a gas leak in a Parisian bakery killed at least four people and wounded at least 47, triggering an emergency response and the evacuation of residents.
The explosion and the fire blew up windows and even overturned cars, the French authorities said. The incident occurred on Rue de Trevise in the prestigious 9th arrondissement of central-northern Paris, not far from the shopping district that includes the famous headquarters of the Galeries Lafayette.
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French interior minister Christophe Castaner said four people were killed, including two firefighters. At least 47 people were injured, with 1
"Unfortunately the death toll is particularly serious," Castaner told the media. He added that "the situation is under control" and described his "shock" after seeing the damage.
About 200 firefighters and police were involved in emergency operations. A helicopter landed in the area to evacuate the wounded
The cause of the explosion seems to be an accidental gas leak, said Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz, but an investigation was opened for determine the exact cause of the explosion.  He noted that firefighters were already in place to check the gas leak into the bakery before the explosion.
PROTESTOR BOXER-YELLOW – & # 39; YELLOW VEST & # 39; WHICH AFFECTS ONLY THE OFFICE OF THE POLICE HAS A FUNDAMENTAL SITE HELD  The explosion caused debris and broken glass to cover the sidewalk. Some residents also described the explosion, saying it frightened them, fearing that it was a terrorist attack.
An employee of a hotel opposite the bakery said he saw firemen enter the bakery about an hour before the explosion.
"In the middle of nowhere, I heard a big explosion and then a lot of pressure came to me (e) a lot of black and glass smoke," said the witness. "And I just had time to go down and cover myself and protect my head."
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He added that the explosion left him whistling in his ears. The hotel he works in was "destroyed" in the explosion, he said.
The explosion occurred between the police and the presence of emergency services in Paris because of the protests of the yellow jackets, when protesters march to the capital every Saturday to show their dissatisfaction with the government.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.