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'Huge explosion' rocks Beijing airport in China, witness says|
By Ed Flanagan and Ian Johnston, NBC News
A “huge explosion” rocked Beijing airport in China on Saturday, prompting police to order people to leave one terminal, a witness said.
Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, of the International Crisis Group think tank, was at the airport when the blast happened at about 6:30 p.m. local time (6:30 a.m. ET).
“Huge explosion followed by panic, smoke and dust at Terminal 3,” she said on Twitter.
“Lots of excitement, police v angry, shouted crowds back and told everyone to leave,” she added.
She posted a photograph of the scene, showing the air clouded with dust after the blast:
Explosion epicentre, can't work out what it is http://t.co/4Tifv5HjdO
— S. Kleine-Ahlbrandt (@ska_kongshan) July 20, 2013
The Sina Weibo microblog of state broadcaster China Central Television said a man detonated a package of black gunpowder used to make firecrackers just outside the international arrivals exit.
A photograph posted on China's official Xinhua news agency's English-language website showed medical staff treating someone who was lying on the ground.