Explosion heard near Cairo airport, flights unaffected

Explosion in Cairo

An explosion ripped through fuel tanks near Egypt's Cairo airport on Thursday evening, igniting a fire in the area, but the country's civil aviation minister said air movement was unaffected. According to Reuters, officials had suspended all flights from the airport while they investigate the cause of the blast, but Egyptian member of parliament Mustafa Bakri later wrote on Twitter that normal operations had resumed.

The blast is believed to have been the result of two fuel storage tanks, owned by a petrochemical company, catching fire and exploding outside the airport perimeter.

Images shared on social media show large plumes of smoke rising up in the air.

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Various sources are claiming that the explosion was from a fuel tanker near the airport, indicating that the incident might be an accident rather than foul play.

A number of social media users initially expressed fear that the explosion was casued by an attack. Later that year, ISIS claimed responsibility for a deadly airport bombing in Brussels.

While flights have not been affected, some witnesses described the auto traffic in and out of the airport as a "nightmare". There is no information available on possible injuries or fatalities.

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