Rio 2016 Olympics: Bomb scare at cycling road race finish line

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An explosion took place at the finishing line of the men’s cycling road race at the Rio Olympics on Saturday but there were no signs of panic or injuries.

A bomb squad has blown up an unattended bag at the finish line of the men’s Olympic cycling road race in a controlled explosion. The suspicious package was found near the Copacabana beach – not far from the finish line at Flamengo Park in Rio de Janeiro.

Fans watching the race were startled when they heard a loud noise close to the waterfront. A bomb disposal unit was seen near the finish line, as were half a dozen military police officers. The area has been cordoned off.

One cycling fan saheader: no #id: ‘I thought it was a gun shot at first. Everyone stood up and looked a bit concerned but then sat back down so I presumed it was a firework.’

The loud blast could be heard on the BBC’s coverage of the race, with the shocked commentators stopping as the explosion rang out.

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