A man has set off a small explosive device close to the US embassy in Beijing, officials have confirmed.

Apart from the bomber, there were no other injuries reported and officials say police responded immediately.

A statement from the US embassy in Beijing said that the bomb had exploded at around 1300 local time (0500 GMT) at the south-east corner of the compound.

Beijing police described it as a “suspected firecracker device” which caused a fire. The bomber injured his hand during the incident but there was no danger to his life and he was immediately sent to hospital.