Two massive gas explosions in Paris injured at least twenty people on Wednesday night (7 March).
GV Cafe Flomlege with policeman outside
SV passerby talking to fireman in front of van with smashed windscreen
GV nearby houses with broken windows and scattered debris (TWO SHOTS)
SV fireman outside cafe
SV damaged cars (TWO SHOTS)
GV firemen taking out debris from cafe as workers sweeping up glass in street (TWO SHOTS)
GV area fenced off
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Background: Two massive gas explosions in Paris injured at least twenty people on Wednesday night (7 March). The explosions shook the fashionable seventeenth district in the north-west of the French capital.
SYNOPSIS: The two explosions happened in rapid succession. The second wrecked a cafe on the Saint-Ferdinand Square. The injured, sixteen firemen and four policemen, were caught in the second explosion, when they tried to locate the gas leak. Occupants of two nearby blocks of flats were evacuated.
Police said that ten firemen and two policemen were taken to hospital, all said to be in serious condition.
The explosions damaged a number of parked cars around the Saint-Ferdinand Square, and the blasts shattered a number of nearby shopwindows. The national French gas company said an underground gas pipe which had caught fire had caused the explosions. After-wards, police cordoned off the area, and the Paris Police Prefect arrived to inspect the damage.