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Here are some of the latest reports, pictures and videos coming out about the explosion that rocked Oslo Friday.

Police have confirmed that the explosion was the result of a bomb, according to the BBC. Alan Fisher, a reporter for Al Jazeera English, tweeted that U.S. government officials confirmed it was a vehicle bomb as well.

The blast, which hit a government building in Oslo that houses Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's office, occurred around 3:30PM local time, 9:30AM EST. Stoltenberg was confirmed to be safe. The blast blew out most of the windows in the 17-floor building. Police have blocked off public transport to and from the city center.

Police have confirmed there have been at least two deaths from the explosions, according to the Norwegian state broadcaster, and several more injured, according to the BBC.

Swedish reporter Carl Kleberg tweeted: "Police stops reporter of #Norway's Aftenposten: "because there are still two bombs that we don't know where they are." #Oslo."

In a statement, the Oslo police said: "There has been a large explosion at the government headquarters. The police was notified at 1526 this afternoon."

"So far, police cannot say anything about the scope of the damage, aside from that there's been one or several explosions," the police said in a statement, via the BBC.

Here's a Google Map of where the blast took place.

"Some people covered with blood are lying in the street. There is glass everywhere. It is total chaos. The windows of the all the surrounding buildings have been blown out," said Ingunn Andersen, a journalist with NRK.

Oistein Mjarum, communications chief at the Norwegian Red Cross, told the BBC: "There are a lot of people injured but we don't know how many."

"This is a very busy area on Friday afternoon and there was a lot of people in the streets," he said, "and many people working in these buildings that are now burning, so we fear the worst but we have no confirmed details of casualties or the number of dead."

TPM reader Chris Mitchell, originally from Seattle, Washington, said he lives about 8-10 blocks away from the site of the explosion, and that he felt his entire windows rattle, though they face the opposite direction from the blast. "On the streets, many stores had one window or more window blown out -- and that's 8-10 blocks away," he said.

He added that his office, which is 1-2 blocks away from the blast, was evacuated.

"I could definitely see police scouring the street looking for packages and things like that," he said, adding that military police were also on the scene.

The BBC has a slideshow from the blast, as does the Norwegian paper NRK. You can see pictures via Twitter here and here (warning: the second one is graphic).

Here's some of the first videos from after the explosion.

Via the Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten:

And via YouTube:

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