Bullet which flew through Rio Olympics media centre was intended for a police blimp

It was fired from one of the Brazilian city's favelas

Rio 2016, Olympics 2016, Ireland,

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It has emerged that the bullet that flew through a media centre at the Rio Olympics was intended for a police vehicle.

The organising committee of the Games says it was fired from one of the Brazilian city's favelas, and was targeting a security camera on a blimp.

Instead, the bullet sped through a work room at the equestrian venue, narrowly missing a New Zealand team official.

It was initially believed it came from a nearby army shooting range.