Explosion on a street corner in Lyon, France, leaves 8 with minor injuries

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An explosion in the French city of Lyon on Friday left eight people with minor injuries, local officials said on social media.

The blast occurred at the corner of Victor Hugo Street and Sala Street, and authorities are urging people to avoid the area.

PHOTO: Authorities in the Auvergne-Rhone region of France said in a Twitter post that the blast on a street corner in Lyon caused minor injuries, May 24, 2019. (midesi69/Twitter)

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The New York Police Department's counter-terrorism division said in a message on Twitter that they were "closely monitoring" the incident and "reports of a package explosion."

PHOTO: A policeman looks on near the site of a suspected bomb attack in central Lyon, France, May 24, 2019. (Emmanuel Foudrot/Reuters)

In January, a science building at the University of Lyon in France caught on fire after three gas cylinders on the roof of the building exploded, injuring three students, but officials said the incident was not tied to terrorism.

PHOTO: Emergency workers carry a person injured in suspected package bomb blast along a pedestrian street in the heart of Lyon, southeast France, the local prosecutors' office said, May 24, 2019. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images)

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