A massive explosion shook the Lebanese capital, Beirut, ahead of the verdict in a trial over the killing of ex-PM Rafik Hariri in 2005.
The cause of the blast is not known yet. Officials believe that the blast’s primary source is a fire at a warehouse that stores firecrackers at the Beirut port. Officials have said that at least ten people are dead as of now.
“What I felt was that it was an earthquake. The apartment shook horizontally, and all of a sudden, it felt like an explosion, and the windows and doors burst open. The glass just broke. So many homes were damaged or destroyed,” Rania Masri told CNN.
“It tore apart the facade of the building we’re in, and once the dust settled, we managed to get ourselves and others in this block outside. It was really quite a worrying sight. The sounds of sirens of the fire brigade, ambulances, the police and also the military has been pretty incessant for the last 45 minutes and a huge number of emergency services and security forces are rushing to that area now,” Sky News’s Middle East editor Zein Ja’far, who was in downtown Beirut at the time of the explosion on Tuesday afternoon said.
Well, the effect was of the blast is enormous, and it was felt up to several miles. Many of the local residents have captured the explosion in their smartphones and posted on social media. We have linked a few of them for you to see.
Stunning video shows explosions just minutes ago at Beirut port pic.twitter.com/ZjltF0VcTr— Borzou Daragahi ?? (@borzou) 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
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Source: Sky news