An explosion reportedly just rocked the area near Cairo International Airport, sending a column of smoke into the air

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A massive explosion rocked the area near Cairo International Airport on Thursday evening. Reuters, citing Egyptian state television, reported that the blast took place at a pair of fuel-storage tanks outside the airport’s perimeter.

The cause of the explosion remains unknown.

Despite initial reports that flight activity at Cairo’s airport had been suspended, Egypt’s civil aviation minister confirmed that flight operations remained unaffected, Reuters reported.

The explosion reportedly took place sometime before 11 p.m. local time.

Images posted to social media show a large funnel of smoke rising above the Cairo skyline. There is no information available on possible injuries or fatalities.

This story is developing.