A powerful blast has just rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut. The cause of the massive explosion is unknown.
Videos show that a massive shockwave flashed over the city, followed by an immense fireball that appeared several stories high.
Stunning video shows explosions just minutes ago at Beirut port pic.twitter.com/ZjltF0VcTr
— Borzou Daragahi ?? (@borzou) August 4, 2020
Massive explosion rocks Beirut. I checked on my family there before posting. Our house was shaking but everyone is okay.
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) August 4, 2020
This is horrific, and the clearest video I’ve seen so far of what seems to have happened in Beirut. There’s a smaller fire involving what seems to be fireworks first, and then everything goes up. pic.twitter.com/qsEmH1IbUi
— Rachael Venables (@rachaelvenables) August 4, 2020
— Edwin Azzi (@Edwinazzi) August 4, 2020
— RT (@RT_com) August 4, 2020
— Happening Now ? (@HappeningNow__) August 4, 2020
It happened near Beirut’s port and there are unverified reports of a secondary explosion as well.
— Maya Gebeily (@GebeilyM) August 4, 2020
Lebanese media is currently speculating that a large fireworks depot exploded, given it’s in the vicinity of an area where firecrackers are known to be stored.
Huge explosion in Beirut. Cause unknown. Secondary blast too. https://t.co/e4r2iZOSzK
— Bill Neely (@BillNeelyNBC) August 4, 2020
It’s as yet unknown how many casualties have resulted as no doubt a massive emergency response is underway.
Indeed close-up images just before the larger blast shows a large complex on fire, with either ammunition or fireworks going off, followed by the intense shockwave.
The AP describes the aftermath:
The explosion appeared to be centered around Beirut’s port and caused wide scale destruction and shattered windows miles away.
An Associated Press 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.
It’s reported caused widespread damage in all surrounding neighborhoods.
Lately the southern Lebanese border has been scene of brief fighting between the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Hezbollah.
Tel Aviv has recently warned Lebanon that it will be held responsible for any Hezbollah aggression.
Republished from ZeroHedge.com with permission