Beijing: Explosion reported outside US embassy

Beijing: An explosion was reported outside the United States embassy in the Chinese capital Beijing on Thursday.

The US embassy is located in Beijing’s Chaoyang District.

According to The New York Times, the blast occurred at around 1 pm (local time) and it is not clear why the explosion occurred.

Many people posted images and videos on social media showing grey smoke hovering over the street.

Sources said it was a very low-intensity blast near the Indian embassy. Also, there are no reports of fatalities or injuries.

The police are investigating the matter and the blast has caused no harm to Indian embassy or any staff, sources added.

In 2008, the US embassy opened and was inaugurated with a dedication ceremony, which was attended by former US President George W. Bush. (ANI)