Explosion outside US Embassy in Beijing: eyewitnesses

BREAKING: Video: Eyewitnesses report explosion outside US embassy in Beijing

Reuters could not immediately verify the report, but witnesses told Reuters that they heard an explosion near the U.S. Embassy and felt tremors.

The incident reportedly happened near where Chinese people usually made queues to enter the embassy for visa interviews. No damages have been reported so far.

The US embassy complex is in Beijing's Chaoyang District.

The Indian embassy is located close to the site where the explosion took place.

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According to the U.S. embassy spokesperson, the only person injured was the individual who detonated the explosive device.

Sky's Asia correspondent Tom Cheshire, who is at the scene, says police are ordering onlookers back and picking up debris using white gloves.

"According to the embassy's regional security officer, there was one individual who detonated a bomb".

The exact cause of the reported blast is not yet clear.

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A 26-year old man from Inner Mongolia detonated an explosive device around 1 p.m., the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau said on its official Weibo account.

Video footage of the blast showed smoke billowing from a building and police forming a cordon outside the blast radius.

The U.S. and China are in the middle of an escalating trade dispute, prompted by $34 billion in tariffs the Trump administration slapped on Chinese goods.

Witnesses said that they heard an explosion at about 1pm local time.

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