Explosion reported outside the US Embassy in Beijing

  • Published : Jul 26, 2018 - 15:26
  • Updated : Jul 26, 2018 - 15:34

BEIJING -- A fire or possible explosion appears to have taken place outside the US Embassy in Beijing on Thursday. A woman was reportedly detained after spraying gasoline on herself, according to official media.

Photos posted on Twitter showed a large amount of smoke and what appeared to be police vehicles surrounding the vast structure in northeastern Beijing. 

(Courtesy of @AmichaiStein1 on Twitter)

Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the incident and an embassy spokesman said he was still collecting information.

The ruling Communist Party newspaper Global Times said police ``took away a woman spraying gasoline on herself in suspected attempt at self-immolation'' at around 11 a.m. 

(Courtesy of @AmichaiStein1 on Twitter)

China and the US are in the middle of a trade dispute, but America remains a hugely popular destination for travel, education and immigration for Chinese citizens. (AP)