Explosion Rocks the Site of Olympics in Rio

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.

This story is developing.

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Jennifer Burke
Jennifer Burke
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.

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