Aerial view of Praça Tiradentes

Praça Tiradentes (Tiradentes Square) is pretty close to the main area of downtown Rio de Janeiro. Early this morning it was rocked by an explosion in a local restaurant as gas cylinders exploded after leaking during a public holiday.

The explosion had the force of about 10kgs (22lbs) of dynamite and caused widespread havoc and the evacuation of a hotel next door. Three deaths and many injured. Tonight six of the injured (three critically) are still hospitalised.

The restaurant was operating under a provisional licence with conditions that had never been complied with. There is also a Fire Brigade report that bans the use of gas either in cylinders or piped into the building.

Who is at fault?


The frontage destroyed by the explosion - Photo -