Blast rocks fuel tanks near Cairo airport (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Explosion heard near Cairo airport, flights unaffected

A huge explosion in a military-owned petrochemical plant near the Cairo International Airport took place late on Thursday due to hot weather, said Egypt's army spokesman.

The Minister of Civil aviation issued an official statement in which he said that the incident did, indeed, occur outside of the airport, at a fuel tanker, near the Joseph Tito axe, and that all flights were resuming as scheduled. Security sources told Reuters that the blast appeared to have taken place at a fuel-storage facility. A number of local tweets poured in with users claiming to have heard a loud explosion followed by the sounds of ambulances.

A massive explosion has occurred in the vicinity of Cairo International Airport.

Images posted to social media show a large funnel of smoke rising above the Cairo skyline.

He said air movement at the airport had been "unaffected". IT is believed to have been caused by fuel tanks.

In 2016, ISIS claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Russian Metrojet flight that departed from the Egyptian city of Sharm El Sheikh.

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

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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