A massive explosion just devastated Beirut. Here's what the unbelievable destruction looks like for people on the ground.
A devastating explosion rocked Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, on Tuesday. The exact cause of the blast is unknown, but a senior Lebanese intelligence official said that he suspects that confiscated high-explosive materials stored at the port where the explosion occurred are to blame. The country's health ministry says that at least 78 people are dead and more than 4,000 people are injured, BBC reports.
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A huge explosion in the Lebanese capital of Beirut Tuesday caused widespread devastation. The number of casualties and the full extent of the damage are still emerging. Early state media reporting said the blast followed the outbreak of a fire at a fireworks storage facility at the local port, but the director of Lebanese intelligence pointed to highly-explosive materials that had been confiscated and stored in the area. The exact cause of the terrible blast, which was captured on video, remains unclear.
Footage of the massive explosion at #Beirut port a short while ago. It's truly frightening. #Lebanon pic.twitter.com/OZ0hZ5SwlC — Nader Itayim | نادر ایتیّم (@ncitayim) August 4, 2020
The following photos, some of which are GRAPHIC, show the situation on the ground in Beirut.An orange-red cloud lingered over the blast site shortly after the explosion.
The blast caused widespread destruction well beyond the port where the explosion occurred.
The blast, which was felt miles away, severely damaged buildings, blowing out windows and doors and collapsing ceilings.
A reporter for The Independent who was in the area said the shock wave from the blast "literally pushed us [to] fall to our knees." Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1290691055508234241?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Absolute chaos in #Beirut. Shattered shop fronts, injured people staggering around, alarms going off, ambulances trying to get to hospitals, the floor is glistening with shattered glass. In all my years of covering wars I have never experienced a blast like this. #Lebanon pic.twitter.com/znMLkOAzXB Emergency workers rushed onto the scene to attend to the wounded, as well as to battle fires in the wake of the explosion.
Fires could be seen burning at the port into the evening.
A New York Times reporter shared what she described as "terrifying" footage of the streets of Beirut on social media. Tweet Embed: //twitter.com/mims/statuses/1290710902933721091?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw 2/ Terrifying footage of street scenes in #Beirut. pic.twitter.com/8t7L7kcRcX Lebanon's health minister announced that at least 78 people were killed in the explosion. The death toll is feared to be higher.
He added that more than 4,000 people have been injured.
Source: BBC Local media reports have said that hospitals have been overwhelmed by the high number of casualties.
The country's prime minister has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning in response to Tuesday's tragedy.
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A massive explosion shook the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on Tuesday. As of Tuesday night...A massive explosion shook the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on Tuesday. As of Tuesday night Eastern Time, at least 78 were reported dead and more than 4,000 wounded, The Guardian reported. The cause of the blast, which originated near the city's port, was not immediately clear. Early reports pointed to a fire at a fireworks storage facility, but the director-general of Lebanese intelligence suggested that confiscated high-explosive materials stored at the local port triggered the explosion. A red-orange cloud — the color of which could be explained by nitrates — lingered over part of the city after the explosion. Numerous casualties and extensive damage were reported. Wednesday has been declared a national day of mourning. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A massive explosion and a serious shock wave shook the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on Tuesday, killing at least 78 people and wounding more than 4,000 others. Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said the blast — video of which quickly surfaced on social media — was caused by the ignition of more than 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored, insecurely, at a warehouse. "I will not rest until we find the person responsible for what happened," Diab told reporters, according to NBC News. Lebanese authorities told CNN's Bed Wedeman that the ammonium nitrate was likely seized from a ship six or seven years before. Footage of the massive explosion at #Beirut port a short while ago. It's truly frightening. #Lebanon pic.twitter.com/OZ0hZ5SwlC — Nader Itayim | نادر ایتیّم (@ncitayim) August 4, 2020 Huge blast in Beirut just now! pic.twitter.com/hId8JhZMKV — Tobias Schneider (@tobiaschneider) August 4, 2020 BREAKING: Massive explosion in Beirut. Footage from the daily star office now in Lebanon pic.twitter.com/2uBsKP5wCH — Ghada Alsharif (@GhadaaSharif) August 4, 2020 Local reports said that the blast was felt many miles away. Looks like lots of minor crackling explosions preceding the big blast. Local media reports fireworks storage. Unclear for now. pic.twitter.com/pzYp34qogG — Tobias Schneider (@tobiaschneider) August 4, 2020 Echoing the prime minister, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, the director-general of Lebanese intelligence, attributed the blast to confiscated high-explosive materials stored at the local port. US President Donald Trump, meanwhile, told reporters that it "seems like" the explosion was an "attack," citing purported conversations with US military officials. However, three Defense Department officials told CNN there is no evidence suggesting that. Fireworks explosion?! I felt like I’m dying, I still can’t believe it #Lebanon #Beirut pic.twitter.com/EMTS470FOH — Ahmad M. Yassine | أحمد م. ياسين (@Lobnene_Blog) August 4, 2020 A red-orange cloud — the color of which could be explained by nitrates — lingered over the blast site after the explosion. The extent of the damage remains unclear, but local reports indicated that while the blast was focused on the port area, there was widespread damage in the city. Lebanon's health ministry said that at least 78 people were dead and more than 4,000 have been wounded, The Guardian reported. On Wednesday, the country willl observe a national day of mourning.SEE ALSO: A massive explosion just devastated Beirut. Here's what the unbelievable destruction looks like for people on the ground. Join the conversation about this story »