Controlled Explosion at Finish Line of Men’s Road Race in Rio

A suspicious package was destroyed by a bomb squad near the finish line of the men’s road race today on the first day of competition during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The men’s road race finishes at Copacabana Beach, where beach volleyball will also be held during the Games. The volleyball arena was already the site of a potential bomb scare during the opening ceremonies.  Last night, the bomb squad used robots to inspect two suspicious bags sitting near the volleyball arena, though no threat was found.

The package exploded today was apparently done so without warning to spectators and news crews, as it came as a surprise to commentators working on the men’s road race.  The suspicious package was found in a building near spectator seating on the beach.  The cyclists were still approximately 70 kilometers away when the package was destroyed.  The race will still finish at Copacabana Beach, where spectators will watch as some of the first medals of these Olympic Games are harvested.

Though the downhill portion of the loop has proven very precarious for the cyclists competing in the men’s road race, there is no reason to believe that the finish line will pose a threat to anyone.

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About Reid Carlson

Reid Carlson

Reid Carlson originally hails from Clay Center, Kansas, where he began swimming at age six.  At age 14 he began swimming club year-round and later with his high school team, making state all four years.  He was fortunate enough to draw the attention of Kalamazoo College where he went on to …

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