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Offbeat Huge blast rocks Cairo airport 'as fuel tanks catch fire and explode'

00:35  13 july  2018
00:35  13 july  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Huge blast rocks Cairo airport ' as fuel tanks catch fire and explode '. By Nick Enoch for MailOnline. Published: 16:57 EDT, 12 July 2018 | Updated: 17:01 EDT, 12 July 2018.

A huge blast has reportedly been heard at Cairo Airport amid reports that a 'plane set on fire then exploded '. Pictures on Twitter show a huge plume of smoke rising from an area at the airport , lit up orange and red.

a sunset in the background: A huge explosion has reportedly been heard at Cairo Airport. The blast is believed to have been the result of two fuel tanks catching fire and exploding. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A huge explosion has reportedly been heard at Cairo Airport. The blast is believed to have been the result of two fuel tanks catching fire and exploding. A huge explosion has reportedly been heard in the vicinity of Cairo Airport this evening.

The blast is believed to have been the result of two fuel storage tanks, owned by a petrochemical company, catching fire and exploding outside the airport perimeter. 

Images on Twitter show a large plume of smoke rising from an area of Cairo International Airport.

Some commenters on social media suggested that it was a plane which had set on fire and then exploded.

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People in Purfleet reported hearing "absolutely huge " explosions and posted photos on social media of flames and black smoke rising into the night sky. Fire crews spent more than two hours tackling the blaze on an industrial estate, where a "large fire involving five fuel tankers " containing 45

All flights have been suspended at the airport while officials investigate the blast.

More to follow. 

a sunset over a city: All flights have been suspended at the airport this evening while officials investigate © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited All flights have been suspended at the airport this evening while officials investigate

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