People leave bouquets of flowers in tribute to the victims in Nice, France. Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

At least 84 are dead after the driver of a truck drove into crowds at the annual Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city.

At least 84 people are dead and dozens more injured in what Christian Estrosi, the former mayor of Nice, France, and current president of the Alpes-Maritimes region, has described as a "terrible attack" during a Bastille Day celebration on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

The attack took place late Thursday evening as a crowd had gathered to watch fireworks in celebration of the national holiday. The driver of a large truck drove on to the sidewalk and plowed through the crowd, continuing on a path of carnage for 1.1 miles.  The Associated Press is quoting local officials who say the truck was loaded with arms and grenades, and that the driver was killed by police.

More from the AP:

Video footage showed men and women — one or two pushing strollers — racing to get away from the scenes. And, in what appeared to be evidence of a gun battle, photos showed a truck with at least half a dozen bullet holes punched through its windshield.

The Nice-Matin newspaper is reporting that police have identified a 31-year-old French-born Tunisian who lived in the Nice area as the attacker, and that authorities have raided the man’s home in Nice.

President Francois Hollande has called the attack a “criminal act” and has extended France’s state of emergency for three months. The president had just announced on Thursday, before the attack, that it would finally be lifted July 26 for the first time since the November terrorist attacks in Paris.

Investigators continued to work at the scene Friday near the heavy truck used to run into a crowd at high speed, killing dozens, on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France. (Eric Gaillard/Reuters)

Our colleagues at The Atlantic remind us that this isn't the first time someone has driven into a crowd in France: “There were at least two such events in 2014—one in Nantes and the other in Dijon. Those incidents occurred within days of each other in December of that year and injured several people.”

This story is developing and this post will be updated as more details become available.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. A man sits in a room alone.
    Equity

    The World's First Minister of Loneliness

    Britain just created an entirely new ministry to tackle this serious public health concern.

  2. Life

    Amazon Whittles Down List of HQ2 Contenders to 20 Finalists

    The list skews toward larger cities and metropolitan areas along the Eastern corridor, stretching as far north as Toronto and as far south as Miami. And it looks like some of the economic incentives might be paying off.

  3. Environment

    Britain's Next Megaproject: A Coast-to-Coast Forest

    The plan is for 50 million new trees to repopulate one of the least wooded parts of the country—and offer a natural escape from several cities in the north.

  4. A small accessory dwelling unit—known as an ADU—is attached to an older single-family home in a Portland, Oregon, neighborhood.
    Design

    The Granny Flats Are Coming

    A new book argues that the U.S. is about to see more accessory dwelling units and guides homeowners on how to design and build them.

  5. Transportation

    On Paris Metro, Drug Abuse Reaches a Boiling Point

    The transit workers’ union says some stations on Line 12 are too dangerous to stop at. What will the city do?