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On Saturday, Sum 41 cancelled a show in Paris after an explosive device went off outside of the performance space, but the venue manager is saying it was a firecracker.

After playing Zénith Paris Friday, the band were set to play a sold out show at the Les Étoiles.

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The band shared a statement on social media, explaining that while no one has been injured, they’re “unable to guarantee the safety of the fans in attendance” and plan to reschedule.

“During load in for tonight’s performance in Paris, an explosive device was detonated just outside of the venue door,” the band shared in a now-deleted Instagram post. “Band, crew, the fans in line are all safe, and there were no injuries. Due to the intimate nature of our ‘Personal Space’ performances, we are unable to guarantee the safety of the fans in attendance. We are deeply saddened to announce that tonight’s show has been canceled. More information to follow.

“For refunds, please contact your local Live Nation ticket outlet. We are currently discussing our options to schedule a make up show as soon as possible. Please stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks.”

Live Nation France also shared news of the cancellation, writing, “URGENT / The Sum 41 concert planned for Étoiles this evening is cancelled, seats are refundable at your point of purchase. More details to come.”

The people of France have been protesting French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to overhaul the pension system for more than 40 days. While it hasn’t been confirmed this is the cause of the explosive device, many fans in attendance pointed to this as a potential explanation as the protest occurred in nearby streets.

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Now, venue manager Vincent De Gall has told franceinfo that the “explosive device” was a firecracker.

“‘Yellow vests’ blew up an agricultural bomb, a firecracker,” he says. “We are in a small street, it resonates.”

“We talked for three hours with them, but they did not want to do the concert,” he continues. “It’s a shame for the people who had bought their tickets.”

The band later made another post on Instagram saying they would be back soon.

Paris, we’re very sorry we could not make night number 2 happen. You made night number 1 at the Zenith Arena so special and we thank you so much! We will be back to see you again as soon as we can figure out when.

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