Explosion In France Injures At Least Eight People

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The incident is under investigation.

French police are currently investigating an explosion which occurred in the city of Lyon, France. 

It is believed the explosion was caused by a device distributed in a paper bag. 

According to international media, up to 13 people have been injured. However, French authorities have stated eight injuries.

Translation: "Explosion in #Lyon at the intersection of Victor Hugo and Sala streets. Security tape is in place. For your safety avoid the area."

Footage and images of the scene show a shattered shopfront and police tape.

The public have been urged to avoid the area, to not interfere with investigators and to not relay non-verified information. 

“Rumors are circulating about other explosions in #Lyon . The prefect denies this information and asks not to convey false information on social networks. #FakeNews," the tweet reads. 

In Lyon, the metro station Ampère Victor Hugo has been CLOSED, but the rest of the network continues to run normally. 

Specific details of the incident and any responsible parties remain unclear, but french police are currently investigating further. 

France’s counter-terrorism prosecutor, Remy Heitz, said an investigation has been opened for an “attempted murder in relation with a terrorist undertaking” and “criminal terrorist association”.

He said no group had yet claimed responsibility for the explosion. 

Images: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty.

Written By Krisinda Merhi