Saturday's accident occurred with the centre of the capital under security lockdown for a ninth consecutive Saturday of "yellow vest" protests. Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell wrote on his Twitter feed that a Spanish woman had also died in the blast. "A this stage we can say it (the gas blast) is clearly an accident," Paris prosecutor Remi Heitz told reporters. Ambulances struggled to access the blast area because of police barriers set up to contain any violence by yellow vest protesters. An eyewitness at a hotel nearby said he saw flames envelop the ground floor of the building blown out by the blast.
Source: Otago Daily Times January 12, 2019 20:03 UTC