An explosion was witnessed outside the United States Embassy in Beijing on Thursday morning, July 26, however, no immediate casualties were witnessed. Images of thick black smoke surfaced on social media showing a large number of people gazing toward the site of the explosion. The US Embassy, is located in the northeastern Beijing, is a well-protected area. The new facility was opened in 2008 with a dedication ceremony which was attended by then-President George W. Bush. 

The device used for the explosion reportedly has been of a low-intensity. Chinese officials tried to prevent journalists from capturing the site of the reported blast near the US Embassy. Meanwhile, the Global Times newspaper said earlier the cops took away a woman who sprayed gasoline on herself in what was suspected to be a self-immolation attempt outside the embassy.

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According to a report published by the, a witness named Li was cleaning the road just outside the nearby Japanese Embassy when the explosion took place, “I heard the sound of a big explosion and then women screaming,” he said. The explosion incident comes as China and US are at loggerhead dues to trade dispute.

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