Explosion close to busy area with restaurants and bars

The Exchange Street West area in Belfast where the explosion happened is close to many restaurants and bars.

The city centre was extremely busy with shoppers and festive revellers when the incident happened.

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Belfast city centre bomb 'could have killed revellers'

A small explosion in the popular Cathedral Quarter of Belfast could have killed festive partygoers, police have said. Police say a telephone warning made before the blast directed them to the wrong location.