A bullet has narrowly missed a New Zealand official at Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic equestrian centre, while a bomb squad blew up a bag near the road cycling finish line, amid heightened security fears on day one of the Games.
The bullet, believed to have been fired accidentally by a soldier, went through the room of a media tent at the venue and landed on the floor during the lunch break of the dressage event on Saturday.
The venue is on a military base in the northern suburb of Deodoro, and the bullet was a military grade 5.56mm round.
No one was hurt, but One News reported the bullet narrowly missed New Zealand press attaché Diana Dobson.
It landed inches from one of the media tables at the end of the room where the press conferences are held, leaving a clear hole in the roof.
Source: Waikato Times