A small homemade bomb exploded near the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday.
An Embassy spokesperson told CNN there was an explosion around 1 p.m. in the public square off the South East corner of the compound.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 26, 2018
No one was injured other than the 26-year-old bomber, according to the Embassy statement, who reportedly injured his hand.
The bomb was reportedly made from fireworks, and its explosion could be loudly heard in the area.
A loud explosion was heard at around 1 p.m. BJT, prompting the US embassy to be evacuated, witnesses tell CGTN pic.twitter.com/15nIXmeJK9
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) July 26, 2018
Local police responded and are investigating the incident.
There is no motive known at this time.
There are videos of the smoke in the area that widely circulated on Chinese social media, according to CNN’s Will Ripley.
Here is one such video:
#breaking One person detonates an explosive device in a public area on the southeast side of the U.S. embassy compound in Beijing. Only the suspect injured, condition unknown. Chinese police investigating. Videos of smoke near the embassy widely circulated on Chinese social media pic.twitter.com/WIuSxP0h7C
— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) July 26, 2018