Authorities in Beijing are responding to reports of an explosion near the US Embassy in Beijing at around 1 p.m. local time on Thursday, according to multiple eyewitness reports.
The blast was heard from several blocks away, The New York Times reported.
One witness said she heard the explosion and saw a cloud of smoke near where visa applicants stand in line outside the US Embassy, according to The Financial Times . The witness also reportedly said the area was under lockdown.
Another person said a woman was taken away by police after spraying gasoline on herself outside the US Embassy at around 11 a.m., according to China’s state-run newspaper Global Times . It was unclear if the incident was related to the reported explosion.
Unverified videos that appear to have been captured from the scene show smoke and law enforcement officials responding to an incident:
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