There has been an explosion in Rio at Maracanã Stadium, the site for the Olympics opening ceremony to be held on Friday night as well as the closing ceremony.
While the concern for the Zika virus has been so strong that some top tier athletes have announced they will not be attending, the increase in terrorist attacks in the western world have had many worried that Islamic terrorists would attack the ultimate soft target…the Olympics.
Police in Brazil noticed a suspicious device at the stadium and used a robot to investigate the situation. Rehearsal for Friday’s opening ceremony was underway at the time.
Although authorities are describing the explosion as a “controlled blast,” it is unclear whether the robot destroyed the package, said to be a tool box, or if a bomb went off upon contact with the robot. The Daily Mail reports:
There was definitely an explosion after the robot went in,’ a Channel Seven spokesman said.
‘We are trying to confirm whether the explosion was the robot destroying the package or the package went off before the robot go to it.’
Authorities have had security concerns regarding the Olympics in Rio, especially after a laptop and three shirts were stolen during a fire evacuation. Since those items were stolen, security has been increased with four guards posted at entrances and identity checks become more prevalent.
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