Explosion Outside Cairo Airport; Flights Unaffected

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An explosion hit a chemical factory just outside Cairo International Airport Thursday evening, but flights have remained unaffected. 

In a statement shared on Egyptair’s Facebook page, a spokesperson for Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation said that air traffic was not affected by the explosion and is proceeding normally. 

Reuters reports that 12 people were injured the explosion, which, according to an army spokesperson, was caused by high temperatures in a storage facility just outside the airport belonging to a local petrochemical company. Those injured were taken to a nearby hospital. 

“Due to high temperatures, an explosion happened at a petrochemicals storage belonging to the Heliopolis for Chemical Industries,” said military spokesperson Colonel Tamer al-Rifai in a post on social media.“Civil defense trucks were deployed to bring the fire under control,” he added.

No flight change waivers have been issued over the incident. 

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