Patriot batteries deployed in Kuwait shot down a missile launched from southern Iraq at Kuwait on Thursday, a Kuwaiti defense ministry official said.
The state television quoted the official as reporting that the missile was intercepted over a non-residential area of Kuwait city.
Two huge explosions were heard in Kuwait city at around 11:40 a.m. local time (0840 GMT) before air raid sirens sounded, a Xinhua correspondent said.
The explosions came from an area near the Kuwaiti Ministry of Defense and were caused by missiles launched from southern Iraq.
A few minutes later, an all-clear was given.
Since the United States launched a war against Iraq on March 20,Iraq has fired some 15 missiles at its oil-rich neighbor, from where the US and British troops have moved into southern Iraq in a bid to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Patriots have intercepted Iraqi missiles several times here since the war began.