Blast sets off fire outside Egypt's Cairo airport

Egypt explosion

TwitterThe explosion happened near Cairo Airport serving the Egyptian capital

There are very few details as yet, but there has been a massive explosion near Egypt's Cairo International Airport.

The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m. local time on Thursday when an explosion was heard across the eastern part of the capital.

Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister said the blast occurred at fuel two storage tanks outside airport perimeters.

Flights were briefly suspended while officials investigated the nature of the explosion, according to the Reuters news agency.

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Images posted to social media show a large funnel of smoke rising above the Cairo skyline. The minister also denied initial reports that air traffic at the airport was affected.

The cause of the detonation and fire at the fuel depot is unknown as of yet.

A number of social media users initially expressed fear that the explosion was casued by an attack.

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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