A powerful explosion badly damaged a bakery in Paris on Saturday, injuring several people after a suspected gas leak. The explosion is said to be so fierce that it smashed the windows and overturned cars.Firefighters pulled injured victims out of windows and evacuated residents as smoke billowed out of the building on Rue de Trevise in the 9th arrondissement of north-central Paris, according to news agency AP.Witnesses described on French television the overwhelmingly sound of the blast and people trapped inside nearby buildings, AP said in its report.
According to Paris Police, several injuries have been reported but no deaths. Silver-helmeted firefighters and red firetrucks filled the street and inspected adjoining courtyards. Debris from a burned car and broken glass littered the pavement. A vehicle from gas company GRDF was stationed nearby.The building is around the corner from the Folies-Bergere theater and not far from the shopping district that includes the famed headquarters of Galeries Lafayette.The explosion came amid heavy security in Paris and around France for yellow vest protests expected later Saturday.