Explosion Reported Outside U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China

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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.

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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.

Reuters provided this update.

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.

According to one report, it was a handmade explosive device.

As multiple videos show, the source of the smoke cannot be seen.

This story will be updated as details warrant.

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