Technical director dies after blast in Paris

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The technical director of a Paris musical died of a heart attack after a faulty power tool set off fireworks at an arena, investigators said.

Police said Marcus Toledano, 41, was among several people who rushed to the scene of the blast at the Palais des Sports in the south-west of the city. A second explosion then caused a wall to collapse. Several others were injured, five seriously, police said.

Investigators said Mr Toledano’s heart had stopped when rescue workers arrived and he later died in hospital.

Flowers and messages of condolence were being left near the entrance to the arena on Saturday.

Producer Albert Cohen said it was terrible news. “All are efforts are going towards helping his family… in what is a difficult moment, as you can imagine.” Mr Cohen said four employees who were in hospital overnight would be discharged later on Saturday.

An initial investigation determined that the initial explosion had been caused by the disc of a circular saw breaking away and igniting fireworks to be used in the show.

Several others received treatment, though some only needed to have their hearing checked after being exposed to the loud blasts.

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