Explosion Shakes Shanghai Airport Days Before Disneyland Launch

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Shanghai Pudong Airport

The blast at China's second-busiest airport appeared to have been caused by some sort of homemade explosive.

A small explosion at a check-in area of Shanghai's Pudong airport injured three people Sunday, Chinese authorities said, just days before the launch of Shanghai Disneyland.

The blast at China's second-busiest airport occurred around 2:20 p.m. local time and appeared to have been caused by some sort of homemade explosive, the airport's management said on its verified microblog account.

It said the three injured people were taken to a hospital but gave no word about their condition. There was no disruption to flights in or out of the airport, the management said.

The explosion comes four days before the opening of the $5.5 billion Shanghai Disneyland resort and on the second day of the Shanghai International Film Festival with notable Hollywood stars in town, including Bradley Cooper, Ian McKellen and Sam Raimi among many other actors, directors and producers from around the world. 

Ni Bowen, who had been waiting to check into his Philippine Airlines flight when the explosion happened, said passengers ran for safety after a loud bang rocked the hall.

"At that moment, a beer bottle filled with white smoke rolled right by my feet. I was scared and made off at once," said Ni, 30, who works for a machinery manufacturer.

Pudong serves international flights but also is a hub for two major domestic airlines.