Blast rocks fuel tanks near Cairo airport (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
13 July, 2018, 09:46 | Author: Carlos George
Air traffic at the airport has not been affected, Egypt's aviation minister Younis al-Masri confirmed.
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.
Residents in different parts of East Cairo took to social media, saying the explosion rocked the districts of Fifth Settlement, Heliopolis and the 10th of Ramadan City - all situated near the airport.
"Because of high temperature, one of the petrochemical vessels exploded", the spokesman said in a statement on Facebook.
He denied early news that claimed the explosion occurred at the Cairo International, its pier, or the gas station. At the time of writing, eight injuries have been recorded.
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All flights were temporarily suspended while an investigation into the blast took place.
While flights have not been affected, some witnesses described the auto traffic in and out of the airport as a "nightmare". IT is believed to have been caused by fuel tanks.
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