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Cairo chemical factory explosion leaves several injured

The blast at the chemical factory (Taher Amer Fathy/AP) Photo: AP/Press Association Images

An explosion at a chemical factory near Cairo’s main airport has injured at least a dozen people, reports said.

Firefighters have contained the fire caused by the blast late on Thursday at a storage facility, an interior ministry spokesman said.

There were no reports of any deaths. The official said the wounded were being treated in hospital.

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Images circulated online showed huge flames and thick smoke billowing up into the sky.

Army spokesman Tamer al-Rifai said the explosion was the result of the “high temperature”.

Temperatures in Cairo have reached into the high 90s (above 32C) in recent days – not unusual for the Egyptian capital in the summer.

The civil aviation ministry said the explosion happened outside the airport’s perimeter and air traffic was not disrupted.