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Sound of explosion causes confusion in Cairo

Arab World Materials 6 July 2011 16:42
A loud boom heard across Cairo was caused by a fast-flying jet, an official said Wednesday, after the sound stirred panic among many Egyptians.
Sound of explosion causes confusion in Cairo

A loud boom heard across Cairo was caused by a fast-flying jet, an official said Wednesday, after the sound stirred panic among many Egyptians.

The head of Cairo security forces, Mohsen Murad, said the bang occurred when a pilot broke the sound barrier, according to state television.

The explosive sound shook buildings in at least six different districts across the Egyptian capital on Wednesday morning.

However, a security source told the German Press Agency dpa that the sound was due to an explosion inside a quarry in southern Cairo.

Meanwhile, other sources said it was caused when a bridge collapsed near the southern neighbourhood of Maadi, leaving four workers dead.

The sound, and discrepancies between reports about its origin, caused a degree of panic throughout the city.

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