Reports of big explosion in Egypt near Cairo airport

Geraldine Edwards
July 13, 2018

People in Egypt's capital residents reporting hearing a loud explosion and then seeing red smoke rising from the factory. No deaths have been reported.

A fuel tank exploded at the Cairo International Airport on Thursday, causing a massive fireball to erupt into the air. However, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a statement the blast would not disrupt air traffic. Sky News Arabic correspondent Faisal bin Huraiz shared an eyewitness video showing an explosion in the direction of what appeared to be Cairo International Airport.

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"Due to high temperatures, an explosion happened at a petrochemicals storage belonging to the Heliopolis for Chemical Industries", said Colonel Tamer al-Rifai, the military spokesman, in a social media posting. FlightRadar24 reports that the airport is still operating.

All flights were temporarily suspended while an investigation into the blast took place.

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Egyptian state television is reporting that a fire raging as a result of the explosion had been brought under control. "Egypt is safe and those who are spreading falsehoods are groups of liars, all the information confirms that the explosion occurred in a fuel tank near the area, the airport is secure and the traffic has resumed".

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