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Blast near cycling course at Rio was detonation by anti-bomb squad: Official

A loud blast has been reportedly heard near a cycling course at the Rio Olympics. As per the reports in media, the exact site of the blast is the finishing line of the men's cycling
India TV News Desk Rio de Janeiro August 06, 2016 23:36 IST
India TV News Desk

A loud explosion which was heard near a cycling track at Rio Olympics was a detonation of an unattended backpack by an anti-bomb squad, a spokeswoman for the public security department said.

The officers of the squad expect the bag to be a property of a homeless man, but they had to blow it up as the protocol says so for every unattended object.

The controlled blast occurred at 1:45 p.m. (12:45 p.m. EDT), the spokeswoman said.

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