Beijing, July 26: A blast was reported near the United States Embassy in Beijing on Thursday morning. The explosion reportedly took place in front of the US Embassy in Beijing when a man tried to hurl a homemade bomb into the gated compound.
Photos posted on Twitter show a large amount of smoke and what appear to be police vehicles surrounding the vast building in the northeast of the Chinese capital.
In a statement, the US embassy told media: "There was one individual who detonated a bomb.
"Other than the bomber there were no injuries and the local police responded."
Beijing Police confirmed a 26-year-old man from Inner Mongolia set off the small device.
Police said the man’s hand was injured and he was taken to hospital.
People gathered outside the compound as smoke filled the busy city.
Chinese media said witnesses reported the man intended to hurl the device into the embassy, but it exploded before he could get it over the fence, injuring people and a police car in its path.