An overnight fire at a petrochemical manufacturing plant adjacent to Cairo International Airport caused alarm, but no suspension of flights.

The blaze, which started with an explosion late on Thursday night (July 12), local time, sent flames billowing into the night sky. Local news reports said that two fuel tanks had caught fire and exploded.

A ministry of civil aviation spokesman said the explosion had occurred outside the airport, something confirmed by ATW sources in the capital. The site is understood to be on the opposite side of the road outside the airport perimeter fence.

The location meant that the explosion was very apparent to users of the airport. “Flights were not suspended, but the airport was very busy,” ATW was told.

Alan Dron