July 12, 2018 / 10:15 PM / a year ago

Egypt army spokesman says earlier explosion at chemical factory due to high temperatures

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian military spokesman said on Thursday that an earlier explosion near fuel tanks outside Cairo airport took place at a chemicals factory and had been caused by high temperatures.

The spokesman, Colonel Tamer al-Rifai, said the plant was called Heliopolis for Chemical Industries, but did not say who owned the facility.

Reporting by Sami Aboudi, editing by G Crosse

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