Explosion Rocks São Cristovão in the Zona Norte of Rio de Janeiro

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – An enormous explosion rocked the neighborhood of São Cristovão in the Zona Norte (North Zone) of Rio de Janeiro early Monday morning, damaging at least forty buildings, according to Rio’s fire department. The explosion which occurred around 3AM local time destroyed a restaurant, a pizzeria, a pharmacy in the building where apparently the explosion occurred and eleven small apartments located behind the building.

After the explosion the entire building collapsed. Firefighters were able to rescue seven people from the rubble, including a child.

Officials are not certain . . .

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