>> In case anyone visiting Rio for the summer games needed a reminder that security is a top concern, a sudden loud blast in Rio Saturday serving as a wake up call. Reuters correspondent Scott Malone was covering Olympic cycling when he heard it.>> The competitive field was probably about an hour away at the time that it occurred.
And a bomb squad truck could be seen on the scene as well as an officer wearing a heavily padded suit.>> Reuters confirming the blast was a controlled detonation after security found an unattended backpack. There have been several such operations in the past week. Beyond abandoned bags, stray gunfire also stirring fears.
A bullet reportedly whizzed through a media tent and narrowly missed an Olympic official from New Zealand. Reuters has confirmed the incident is under investigation. Add to that reports of two people shot dead near Olympic sites on Friday. One a mugger shot by police. Another, a woman shot in the head by muggers.
Security has long been a concern for the Brazilian city, 85,000 police and military guards have been brought in for the games. Roughly twice the number at the 2012 London Olympics. The crack down on security roiling fans as well, long lines at check points forcing some to miss the events they'd hoped to see.
A spokesman for the summer games apologized for the long wait and promised more staff on hand to screen ticket holders. There were also reports of venues running out of water as temperatures Saturday, sent the mercury up to 32 degrees Celsius, 90 degrees Fahrenheit.