Paris' prestigious Theatre de l'Empire (Empire Theatre) mysteriously exploded on Sunday morning (13FEB05), destroying its first two floors and injuring seven people.

Two watchmen inside the building were hurt as the blast ripped through the theatre at 6.30am, while five passer-bys suffered minor injuries.

French gas authorities have ruled out a gas explosion, despite Interior Minister Dominique De Villepin's claims the cause is yet unknown and nothing has been dismissed.

DIOR designer John Galliano was scheduled to preview his new collection in the theatre on 5 March (05), but with the basement and two floors destroyed, it looks unlikely.

14/02/2005 17:43