Reports are coming in of “two huge explosions” in the 14th arrondissement, or district. Is it a terrorist attack perpetrated by the Islamic State? The sounds were reported by journalist Olivier Pérou, who wrote:
Two huge explosion sounds heard in the 14th arrondissement, district Plaisance / Didot
However, it has since been reported by Saskya Vandoorne of CNN that the sounds were firecrackers.
It was nearly 1 a.m. when the sounds were reported in an area that includes the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris. Other tweets from Parisians about the explosive sounds came, too. Some tweeters also said it sounded like it came from the neighboring 15th arrondissement.
Last week the Islamic State was encouraging its lone wolf operatives in France to carryout a Bastille Day attack on the anniversary of the Nice attacks.
The encouragement came the same time that President Trump was visiting newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron.