Reports of big explosion in Egypt near Cairo airport

Explosion in Cairo

Witnesses reported the blast after hearing a loud noise, and images of flames and smoke were shared on social media.

There are very few details as yet, but there has been a massive explosion near Egypt's Cairo International Airport. The blast went off just before 23:00 local time on July 12.

According to Military Spokesperson Tamer al-Rifai, preliminary reports suggest the explosion took place due to the high temperature caused by the hot weather.

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"Air traffic continues", Ministry spokesman Bassem Abdel Karim said in a statement.

All flights have been suspended at the airport while officials investigate the blast.

"Egypt is safe and those who are spreading falsehoods are groups of liars, all the information confirms that the explosion occurred in a fuel tank near the area, the airport is secure and the traffic has resumed", he later added.

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An explosion rocked a chemicals factory near Cairo's airport Thursday night, prompting firefighters and ambulances to rush to the scene.

He denied early news that claimed the explosion occurred at the Cairo International, its pier, or the gas station.

While flights have not been affected, some witnesses described the auto traffic in and out of the airport as a "nightmare".

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