Large explosion near Cairo International Airport

Blast rocks fuel tanks near Cairo airport

A massive explosion has occurred in the vicinity of Cairo International Airport.

Preliminary reports state that the blast, which was loud enough to be heard throughout the Egyptian capital, was related to a fuel dump, which could have happened at a jet fuel depot just outside the airport.

Pictures shared on social media appear to show a fireball rising into the air in the Heliopolis district.

Twelve people have been injured after an explosion at a chemical factory near Cairo's airport, Egypt's state news agency MENA says.

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The Minister of Civil aviation issued an official statement in which he said that the incident did, indeed, occur outside of the airport, at a fuel tanker, near the Joseph Tito axe, and that all flights were resuming as scheduled.

Immediately as the explosion broke out, 12 fire trucks, two water tanks, dozens of security vans and ambulances were dispatched to the scene to contain the situation.

A huge explosion has reportedly been heard at Cairo Airport.

All flights were temporarily suspended while an investigation into the blast took place. In February 2015 authorities discovered bombs planted at the Cairo International Airport on the same day that a blast killed a man in Egypt's second city of Alexandria.

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