Brazil’s bomb squad executed a controlled explosion of a suspicious package near the finish line of the men’s cycling road race on day one of competition in Rio, but the action, while alarming for observers, was described as precautionary.

A loud explosion occurred around 1.30pm on Saturday, local time, and could not be missed from the press centre atop Forte de Copacabana, where the 237.5-kilometre cycling event finished later in the afternoon.

 

Rio Olympics 2016: Bag blown up at finish line of cycling race

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