Explosion heard near Cairo airport, flights unaffected

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Two tanks that belong to a petrochemical company exploded outside the airport, said Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Younis al-Masri in a statement. Images shared on social media show large plumes of smoke rising up in the air.

A huge explosion has reportedly been heard at Cairo Airport. A number of local tweets poured in with users claiming to have heard a loud explosion followed by the sounds of ambulances.

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An army spokesman said the blast was caused by "high temperatures" at a fuel storage facility. However, some local residents say that flight operations have not been halted, and air-traffic-tracking website FlightRadar24 reports that Cairo's airport is still operating.

Flights were briefly suspended while officials investigated the nature of the explosion, according to the Reuters news agency.

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Civil defense authorities deployed to the scene are battling to bring the blaze under control. There is no information available on possible injuries or fatalities.

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