A little over an hour ago there were explosions followed by fire near the Cairo airport.
— Mahmoud Gamal (@mahmouedgamal44) July 12, 2018
Apparently fuel tanks exploded. The Egyptian government says there’s no evidence of foul play and attributes the cause to ‘high temperature’ on a day it doesn’t appear to have hit 100 degrees in Cairo.
The government there hasn’t been the most forthcoming in the past about security incidents, though it’s largely too early to know for sure what happened and I remain skeptical both of unofficial and official claims.
Nonetheless, passengers at the airport report continuing to fly on or near to schedule after a possible brief delay. That may or may not hold.
I’m on a plane at Cairo airport now and we’re about to take off. We were delayed about 20 min on tarmac.
— Alanna Shaikh (@alanna_shaikh) July 12, 2018
— ןǝɥɔǝɯ ןnpqa🇺🇸 🇲🇽 (@AbdulMechel) July 12, 2018
At this point media reports are reminiscent of Ferris Bueller.
There is no confirmation so far of any casualties.
One Twitter user, Matthew Keidas, has said: “This guy says a worker at the airport said it was an explosion at the fuel depot in Cairo airport.
Hopefully everyone is unharmed by the blast.