This is a developing story.
An explosion has been reported just outside of the United States Embassy in Beijing, China.
Video from the scene (included below) shows a large amount of smoke but the source cannot be seen.
Chinese media reports that the incident may not be an explosion of a malicious sort.
However, one report says it was a homemade bomb and was held by the bomber at the time it went off.
Chinese police took away a woman who sprayed herself with gasoline on Thursday in what was suspected to be a self-immolation attempt outside the U.S. Embassy, the state-run Global Times reported, amid reports of an explosion.
Reuters could not immediately verify the report, but witnesses told Reuters that they heard an explosion near the U.S. Embassy and felt tremors. One of the witnesses said there were seven to eight police vehicles near the embassy.
A Reuters witness saw Chinese police examining a vehicle outside the embassy and social media showed pictures of smoke close to where people line up outside the compound for visa appointments.
These tweets provide photos and video from the scene.
— Mirror Breaking News (@MirrorBreaking_) July 26, 2018
According to one report, it was a handmade explosive device.
Radio Free Asia saying early reports indicate it was a homemade hand-held explosive which went off early outside US Embassy in Beijing, person with it was still holding it at the time. https://t.co/xNV0B8IJ0d
— Mark_Coughlan (@Mark_Coughlan) July 26, 2018
Explosion at the US Embassy in Beijing. WTF? pic.twitter.com/yj5t1ZxaTA
— Wei (@wei_Calgary) July 26, 2018
As multiple videos show, the source of the smoke cannot be seen.
— Lily Lee (@lilyarieslee) July 26, 2018
Breaking: Unconfirmed reports of an explosion near the U.S. embassy in Beijing, China. https://t.co/zUkbYVoIaT
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) July 26, 2018
This story will be updated as details warrant.