Car Catches Fire Near Tiananmen Gate

Car Catches Fire Near Tiananmen Gate

Photos circulated on Weibo and Twitter of a car in flames in front of Tiananmen Gate in Beijing on Monday. While early reports suggested it might be a self-immolation, few details have been confirmed:


Reuters reports from the scene:

Beijing police, reached by telephone, said they had no information. The Beijing government, also reached by telephone, said it did not know what had happened.

The Reuters witness said he saw fire engines, an ambulance and numerous police cars heading in the direction of the fire, which sent a plume of black smoke into the sky. The main road through the square was closed.

The fire was on the north side of the square close to the main entrance of the Forbidden City, upon which hangs a portrait of the founder of Communist China, Mao Zedong. It was not clear if the fire was on the road or the pavement or the square.

A foreign tourist who was on the square and asked not to be identified said she heard an explosion followed by a fire. [Source]

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