Bomb squad probes possible blast near road race

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - A bomb squad is investigating after an apparent blast shook the area near the finish line of the men's cycling road race at the Rio games.

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

A half dozen military police were cordoning 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 rerouted.

Meanwhile, the organizing committee for the Rio games says it will check into reports of a fatal shooting last night near the stadium where the opening ceremony was held. Spokesman Mario Andrada says the committee does not have "any information on any shooting outside or close to the stadium last night."

Witnesses said spectators leaving the opening ceremony saw a bleeding man being tended by medics, after multiple gunshots sent people ducking for cover.

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