An explosion in a 180km pipeline linking Damietta and Port Said caused a massive fire in the city of Damietta. The blast  had no casualties, nor has it affected gas supply to homes, Ahram Online reported.

Governor of Damietta, Ismail Abdel Hamid, said that the cause of the explosion was is still not clear, adding that forensic examinations were underway to identify the cause of the fire.

Witnesses said plumes of smoke could be seen some 15km away from the scene of the explosion.