BREAKING: A massive explosion has rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut.
A massive explosion shook Lebanon’s capital Beirut on Tuesday wounding a number people and causing widespread damage.The afternoon blast shook several parts of the capital and thick smoke billowed from the city centre. Residents reported windows being blown out and a false ceilings dropping.The explosion appeared to be centred around Beirut’s port and caused wide scale destruction and shattered windows miles away.
An AP photographer near Beirut’s port witnessed people wounded on the ground and widespread destruction in central Beirut.
Some local TV stations reported the blast was at Beirut’s port inside an area where firecrackers were stored.
Smoke billows above buildings following a large explosion in Lebanon’s capital Beirut. The blast, which rattled entire buildings and broke glass, was felt in several parts of the city. Its exact location is unknown.
Eyewitness video shows a massive explosion in Lebanon’s capital Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital Witnesses saw many people injured by flying glass and debris.
Huge explosions rock Lebanon capital Beirut with widespread damage, injuries
A massive explosion shook Lebanon’s capital Beirut on Tuesday, wounding a number of people and causing widespread damage.
BEIRUT — Massive explosions rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital. Witnesses saw many people injured by flying glass and debris.
An Associated Press photographer near the port saw people lying injured on the ground, and hospitals called for blood donations, but exact casualties were not immediately known.
Miles from the scene of the blast, balconies were knocked down, ceiling collapsed and windows were shattered.
The cause of the blast was not immediately clear. It came at a time when Lebanon is passing through its worst economic and financial crisis in decades.
It also comes amid rising tensions between Israel and the militant Hezbollah group along Lebanon’s southern border.
Video shot from a distance shows the aftermath of an explosion in Beirut on Aug. 4.
Online video showed a column of smoke rising from the port area from what appeared to be an initial explosion, followed by a massive blast that sent up a mushroom cloud and a shock wave racing over the city.
Some local TV stations reported the blast was at Beirut’s port inside an area where fireworks were stored.