Explosion on a street corner in Lyon, France, leaves 8 with minor injuries

PHOTO: French security and emergency workers block the area following a suspected package bomb blast along a pedestrian street in the heart of Lyon, southeast France, the local prosecutors office said, May 24, 2019.PlayPhilippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images
WATCH News headlines today: May 24, 2019

An explosion in the French city of Lyon on Friday left eight people with minor injuries, local officials said on social media.

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The blast occurred at the corner of Victor Hugo Street and Sala Street, and authorities are urging people to avoid the area.

PHOTO: Authorities in the Auvergne-Rhone region of France said in a Twitter post that the blast on a street corner in Lyon caused minor injuries, May 24, 2019. midesi69/Twitter
Authorities in the Auvergne-Rhone region of France said in a Twitter post that the blast on a street corner in Lyon caused minor injuries, May 24, 2019.

The New York Police Department's counter-terrorism division said in a message on Twitter that they were "closely monitoring" the incident and "reports of a package explosion."

PHOTO: A policeman looks on near the site of a suspected bomb attack in central Lyon, France, May 24, 2019. Emmanuel Foudrot/Reuters
A policeman looks on near the site of a suspected bomb attack in central Lyon, France, May 24, 2019.

In January, a science building at the University of Lyon in France caught on fire after three gas cylinders on the roof of the building exploded, injuring three students, but officials said the incident was not tied to terrorism.

PHOTO: Emergency workers carry a person injured in suspected package bomb blast along a pedestrian street in the heart of Lyon, southeast France, the local prosecutors office said, May 24, 2019. Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency workers carry a person injured in suspected package bomb blast along a pedestrian street in the heart of Lyon, southeast France, the local prosecutors' office said, May 24, 2019.

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