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Bomb explodes outside US Embassy in Beijing

U.S. Embassy Beijing (U.S. Embassy Beijing Website)
July 26, 2018

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.

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.

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: