Rio 2016 Olympics: Explosion heard at finish line of Rio cycling road race

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A loud blast was heard near the finishing line of the men’s cycling road race at the Rio Olympics on Saturday but there were no signs of panic or injuries and the race continued, a Reuters witness said.

A bomb squad has carried out a controlled detonation near the finish line of the men’s Olympic cycling road race course in Rio de Janeiro.

A public security official confirmed that the controlled explosion was carried out on an unattended backpack near the end of the race route, Reuters reported.

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Bomb squad agents in protective clothing were operating near the press tribune at the site but the cause of the blast was not immediately clear.

In recent days, bomb squad members have detonated a number of unattended bags in controlled explosions in Rio.

Bomb squad agents in protective gear were in attendance at the site but the cause of the explosion is not yet clear.

 

There were no signs of panic or injuries among those attending the cycling road race event, one witness told Reuters. Security officers have carried out controlled explosions on several unattended bags in Rio in recent days.

 

 

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