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Explosion in downtown Rio de Janeiro kills 3

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Emergency workers inspect the scene after an explosion that caused heavy damage to a restaurant in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday Oct. 13. Officials say they are investigating the cause of the explosion that killed at least three people and injured at least 13 others.

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People watch emergency workers at the site of an explosion at a restaurant in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday Oct. 13.

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Workers remove a body after an explosion at a restaurant in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday Oct. 13.

From AP:

RIO DE JANEIRO — An explosion likely caused by a gas leak ripped through a restaurant in downtown Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, killing at least three people and injuring 13, officials said.

The explosion around 7:30 a.m. caused heavy damage to the restaurant, which wasn't open, and to the apartments above it, said Ronaldo Alcantara, the second in command of Rio's fire department, who was at the site of the explosion.

"The three fatal victims were flung outside the building," Alcantara said.

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