Explosion in Paris Apartment Complex

By Faye Higbee

Explosion in Paris Apartment Complex

UK Metro reported that an explosion ripped through an apartment complex in the heart of Paris this morning, injuring 17. Police said the cause of the explosion was a “domestic accident,” or in their words, a massive “gas explosion.”

“I felt my floor shake and heard a loud noise, then it smelled like smoke outside.” Jenna Binion, Witness

Not terrorism according to authorities

The city of Paris has been on high alert since the Charlie Hebdo attacks last year, and the November attacks in which 130 people were murdered by Islamic terrorists.

Police evacuated the streets, and reports of ambulances and sirens filled social media. The explosion reportedly occurred at 12:20 p.m. local time. According to local news reports, 17 people were injured, one person in critical condition.

Rue Jean François Gerbillon, the location of the explosion, is near Montparnasse, on the bank of the Seine River, and close to Ferrandi college.

 Paris Apartment

An explosion attributed to gas rocked Paris today. Via @Pierre_Kch

The photographs of this building after the explosion resemble the damage from the Marine Barracks Bombing in Beirut, 1983, as well as the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995, and the bombings of US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.  If only 17 people were hurt and no one died, it’s a miracle.