The blast occurred in the early evening in the city’s central shopping area. The French television channel BFMTV reported 12 adults and an 8-year-old child were taken to three hospitals in Lyon.
French police are still looking for the person suspected of carrying out the attack, according to a tweet from the French National Police verified Twitter account. Police also tweeted a photo of the man they believed to be “the author of the attack” and asked the public to call with any information.
According to the source, French President Emmanuel Macron characterized the blast as an attack shortly after it happened, telling an interviewer: “I’m late because there was an attack in Lyon.”