Reports: Controlled explosion carried out at Rio’s Maracana Stadium

Sunday July 31st, 2016

A controlled explosion was carried out on Sunday evening at Maracana Stadium, Rio’s main stadium which will hold Friday's opening ceremony, according to local media outlets.

When a “suspicious toolbox” was discovered at the stadium, a bomb disposal squad was sent to the scene, and destroyed it with the explosion.

The venue, which seats over 78,000, will also hold the closing ceremony on Aug. 21. It has held the World Cup final twice—in 1950, and 2014.

On Friday, Australian athletes were robbed of team shirts and a laptop after a fire forced the cycling team to evacuate their building at the Olympic village. 

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