Bullet fired, blast heard at Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro

A bullet has narrowly missed a Kiwi official at Rio's Olympic equestrian centre, while a loud blast was heard on the other side of the city around a similar time.

The bullet, believed to have been fired accidentally, went through the room of a media tent at the venue and landed on the floor during the lunch break of the dressage event on Saturday (early Sunday NZ Time).


The venue sits on a military base in the northern suburb of Deodoro, and the bullet was reported to have been fired by a soldier.

Members of Rio de Janeiro's bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion in Copacabana.
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Members of Rio de Janeiro's bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion in Copacabana.

No one was hurt, but One News reported the bullet narrowly missed Kiwi press attaché Diana Dobson.

The bullet sits inside the media centre.
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The bullet sits inside the media centre.

New Zealand Olympic Committee communications manager Ashley Abbott said members of the New Zealand team at the venue were being contacted to inform them of the incident.

Eventers Shane Rose, Chris Burton, Sam Griffiths and Stuart Tinney were competing at the venue on Saturday.

Abbott said media had been advised by a police officer assigned to the team to gather in a workroom to await further advice.

Venue operations staff look at the bullet hole.
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Venue operations staff look at the bullet hole.

In a later statement Abbott said it had executed its security protocol and team members were provided with immediate advice.

"The New Zealand police assessment is that the bullet was fired unintentionally rather than with intent."

"We have advised all team members to remain within the accredited areas at the venue and travel bubble to bubble. Team members should remain aware and exercise caution.

The bullet went through the tent's roof.
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The bullet went through the tent's roof.

"We are awaiting a final outcome to the investigation and continuing to remain in close contact with the appropriate authorities."

BLAST IN COPACABANA

The shot was fired about the same time an explosion was heard at near the finish line of the cycling road race in Copacabana.

The bomb squad near Copacabana Beach.
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The bomb squad near Copacabana Beach.

Kiwi George Bennett was taking part in the road race at the time.

Early reports were that the blast was a controlled explosion, carried out by Rio's bomb squad after the discovery of a suspicious package.

An officer assigned to the event said the object was an unattended backpack.

Reporters could hear a loud boom on the press tribune and felt the ground shake as the cyclists had about 70 kilometres to go Saturday.

A half dozen military police cordoned off the area. No one was immediately evacuated, and it did not appear that anyone was injured.

The race was continuing and had not been re-routed.

There have been several bomb scares in the city the last couple weeks. A few blocks of the high end neighbourhood of Leblon were shut down two weeks ago when a doorman reported a suspicious package in front of a building. A bomb squad came out and found that the sports bag only contained clothes.

MAN SHOT DEAD NEAR OPENING CEREMONY

On Friday night (Saturday morning, NZ time), spectators leaving the Olympic opening ceremony at Maracanã Stadium were confronted by the body of a man shot dead nearby.

Eyewitnesses said early on Saturday that blood poured on to the road as medics tended to the man next to an ambulance.

Loud multiple gunshots were heard earlier in the night, forcing games volunteers and others leaving the ceremony to duck for cover behind cars.

A shooter was seen running from the scene and fleeing in a car close to a university parking lot.

Rio 2016 spokesman Mario Andrada said he did not have "any information on any shooting outside or close to the stadium last night".

Source: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/olympics/82899247/Bullet-fired-blast-heard-at-Olympic-venues-in-Rio-de-Janeiro

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