A large explosion has gone off in the French capital, Paris, destroying cars and damaging buildings in the city’s ninth district.
Images shared on social media showed the area in debris with a fire raging in at least one building.
The blast, which hit the French capital at around 9 a.m. (3 a.m. ET), triggered a fire.
Police tweeted asking people to stay away and allow for emergency crews to access the area.
There has been no confirmation on the number injuries or fatalities, but police officials said there are several victims.
The exact cause of the blast, which happened on Saturday morning, is unknown.