Backpack explosion and stray bullet at Rio Olympics

THE Rio Olympics experienced a troubled start after a loud blast erupted near the cycling race's finish line and a stray bullet was shot into the media tent at the equestrian venue.

Long queues also formed outside venues - as competition went on inside - as volunteers and security staff struggled to cope with a sudden influx of fans.

Brazilian military carried out a controlled explosion near the Copacabana finish line of Rio Olympics men's road cycling race on Saturday, witnesses said.

Military bomb disposal experts were at the scene of the explosion and kept crowds away with police.

The explosion stunned crowds gathering for the end of the race. The race leaders were about 100 kilometres away at the time.

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