Massive fuel tank explosion rocks Cairo airport

Blast rocks fuel tanks near Cairo airport

Business Insider A massive explosion reportedly rocked the area near Cairo International Airport on Thursday evening.

They have been hospitalised, but the severity of their injuries is not yet known.

Al Arabiya reported that the explosion took place near the airport's main fuel storage facility. However, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a statement the blast would not disrupt air traffic. Images shared on social media show large plumes of smoke rising up in the air.

Firefighters have since managed to subdue the flames, according to state television. Eyewitnesses report that the explosion was not inside the airport.

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All flights were temporarily suspended while an investigation into the blast took place. Later that year, ISIS claimed responsibility for a deadly airport bombing in Brussels.

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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