A massive explosion was caught on video near the port in Beirut, Lebanon a few moments ago:
Huge blast in Beirut just now! pic.twitter.com/hId8JhZMKV
— Tobias Schneider (@tobiaschneider) August 4, 2020
Early reports are that there were fireworks in this warehouse:
— David A. Daoud (@DavidADaoud) August 4, 2020
Update: It does look like fireworks are going off in the shot. Wait for the end:
An explosion in Beirut.
Watch til the end. This is insane. pic.twitter.com/gpQUr3fU7z
— Will Ricciardella (@WillRicci) August 4, 2020
And the aftermath:
— Ahmad M. Yassine | أحمد م. ياسين (@Lobnene_Blog) August 4, 2020
Smoke was reported before the explosion which is probably why we have so many videos of it:
I noticed white smoke rising from the same area a few minutes before the bang. Assumed it was a fire. But that bang was like nothing I've ever heard; as though lightning struck next door. But I'm many kilometres away
— Alex Rowell (@alexjrowell) August 4, 2020
Other shots of ground zero:
— Zaiنab Hijazi (@zainabhijazi97) August 4, 2020
Massive explosion in Beirut. Here's a shot, closer to ground zero. pic.twitter.com/Rk5V6UUdYP
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 4, 2020
— Bissan Fakih (@BissanCampaigns) August 4, 2020
People near the blast are reporting damage:
Some people reporting their windows were shattered
— Mohamed Hashem (@mhashem_) August 4, 2020
Huge explosion in Beirut now. My office… pic.twitter.com/jx8wuKPXf5
— Rebecca Collard (@rebeccacollard) August 4, 2020
We’ll keep you posted.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated.
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