Three people died and nearly people 50 were injured in a gas explosion in Paris Saturday.

According to Reuters, the blast gutted the ground floor of a building in a central Paris shopping district.

The accident occurred while central Paris was under security lockdown for a ninth consecutive Saturday of “yellow vest” protests.

As firemen were looking for a gas leak in the building, a dramatic explosion took place. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner

One of the firemen had been buried under debris for several hours.

Two of the people who died in the explosion were French; the other was a Spanish citizen.

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