Massive Explosion in Beirut Sends Mushroom Cloud Over City
2:07 PM PT -- Here's video of a church service being disrupted by the blast, which sent folks running as stained glass windows rained down from above.
Church services are being televised in Lebanon due to the pandemic, and people watching mass from home saw the destruction to their place of worship.
12:02 PM PT -- Lebanon's Minister of Health says at least 30 people are dead and around 2,500 injured from the explosion.
Beirut looks like an atomic bomb went off, after a massive explosion rocked the city and left hundreds of people severely injured.
Several videos captured the terrifying moment Tuesday in the Lebanese capital -- where, at first, a port-adjacent building simply appeared to be on fire with smoke billowing up.
Stunning video shows explosions just minutes ago at Beirut port pic.twitter.com/ZjltF0VcTr— Borzou Daragahi 🖊🗒 (@borzou) August 4, 2020 @borzou
Suddenly, a massive explosion erupted from the site ... sending a huge mushroom cloud into the air ... along with debris and shockwaves.
It immediately engulfed the area ... and people were screaming in horror at the sight. The scene was frighteningly similar to watching the Twin Towers fall on 9/11 -- although it's unclear yet if the Beirut explosion was a terrorist act.
Lebanese news agencies have reported it started with a fire in a building housing fireworks -- but other reports say there were high-powered explosives in there.
Based on the size of the blast, the latter makes more sense.
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Originally Published -- 11:51 AM PT