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Fuel-tank explosions rock area near Cairo international airport

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An explosion at a chemical plant in Cairo late Thursday rocked the city’s nearby international airport.

High temperatures caused fuel storage tanks at the Heliopolis Chemical Industries facility to explode, a spokesman for Egypt’s army said after the incident.

The spokesman added that the explosion was not terrorism-related.

Egypt’s minister for civil aviation said the explosion occurred outside of the airport and flights were not affected.

Photos and videos shared online showed flames and a large plume of black smoke rising from the site.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

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