On July 12, 2018, an explosion was recorded near Cairo International Airport. Despite initial reports stating that the incident affected air traffic at the main airport of Egypt, authority bodies deny the claim.

Egypt military spokesperson, quoted by several sources, claimed the blast occurred due “high temperatures” at a chemical factory near the airport. Twelve people were injured, Reuters reports.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation of Egypt issued a statement on social media, denying that the incident affected flight schedules. The statement read as follows:

“Bassem Abdelkarim, The Ministry of Civil Aviation’s Spokesperson, said that the explosion that occurred a while ago wasn’t in the perimeter of the Cairo International Airport. He also added that the air navigation movement is fully operational and wasn’t in any way affected.”

The airport was unavailable to provide a comment on the topic at time of publication.