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A Bomb Was Detonated Outside The US Embassy In Beijing

"Other than the bomber, there were no injuries," an Embassy spokesperson said.

Last updated on July 26, 2018, at 4:28 a.m. ET

Posted on July 26, 2018, at 3:18 a.m. ET

Thomas Peter / Reuters

A bomb was detonated outside the US Embassy in Beijing Thursday afternoon, officials said.

The explosion occurred just after 1 p.m. local time on a street outside the Embassy compound in the northeastern part of the city, but only the bomber was injured.

"According to the Embassy’s regional security officer, there was one individual who detonated a bomb," an Embassy spokesperson said. "Other than the bomber, there were no injuries. The local police responded."

Images posted on Twitter and Chinese social network Weibo showed huge plumes of white smoke filling an intersection near the area as groups of onlookers gathered.

A still from a widely circulated video posted on Weibo.

Chinese language keyword "US Embassy in Beijing explosion" is already being censored on Weibo. https://t.co/mizP6HyXs1

Explosion outside US embassy in beijing

💥Something just exploded at the US Embassy in Beijing, China just a few min ago. Smoke everywhere....@CNN @CNBC @CNBCnow @nytimes https://t.co/O8wf3L2Q0V

A reporter from the Washington Post wrote on Twitter that she saw "blood on the sidewalk."

I see blood on the sidewalk outside the US embassy in Beijing. Police shooing reporters away. They tried to clean up as quickly as possible and return to business as usual here.

Chinese law enforcement authorities could not be reached for comment.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.