Explosion heard near Cairo airport, flights unaffected

Explosion heard near Cairo airport, flights unaffected

Explosion heard near Cairo airport, flights unaffected

The blast was loud enough for residents across the Egyptian capital to hear it and photos already show a huge cloud of smoke rising from the site that one can see from many blocks away.

A large explosion was heard in Cairo on Thursday evening.

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Army spokesman Tamer el-Refai said on Twitter an "increase in heat" caused the explosion, which took place at a company specialising in "chemical industries" in an area controlled by the army.

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The Department of Civil Aviation denied that the explosion took place inside the airport, as indicated by some witnesses.

A number of social media users initially expressed fear that the explosion was casued by an attack. 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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This story will be updated with the latest information once it becomes available.

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