Sunday 17 February 2019

Cairo chemical factory explosion leaves several injured

The incident took place at a storage facility near the Egyptian capital’s main airport.

The blast at the chemical factory (Taher Amer Fathy/AP)
The blast at the chemical factory (Taher Amer Fathy/AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

An explosion at a chemical factory near Cairo’s main airport has injured at least a dozen people, reports said.

Firefighters have contained the fire caused by the blast late on Thursday at a storage facility, an interior ministry spokesman said.

There were no reports of any deaths. The official said the wounded were being treated in hospital.

Images circulated online showed huge flames and thick smoke billowing up into the sky.

Army spokesman Tamer al-Rifai said the explosion was the result of the “high temperature”.

Temperatures in Cairo have reached into the high 90s (above 32C) in recent days – not unusual for the Egyptian capital in the summer.

The civil aviation ministry said the explosion happened outside the airport’s perimeter and air traffic was not disrupted.

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