Watch: 8 horrifying videos of twin blast in Beirut
Beirut : Twin blasts have rocked Lebanon capital Beirut where at least 10 people have lost their lives and hundreds have been injured.
The explosion shattered glasses in people’s homes and caused apartment balconies to collapse. Visuals also emerged of vehicles having overturned as shockwaves ripped through the city.
Lebanon`s state news agency NNA and two security sources said the blast had occurred in the port area where there are warehouses housing explosives. In the initial phase, it is not clear what caused the explosion and what type of explosives were present in the warehouses.
People on social media shared videos of the blast:
In 2020, we’ve had:— Martial (@Martial_15) August 4, 2020
- WW3 scares
- Kobe & Gigi’s death
- Australia burning
- A worldwide pandemic
- All sporting events cancelled
- Confirmed UFO sightings
- Murder Hornets
- And now Anonymous has returned
Pray for Lebanon #Beirut
Video showing aftermath of the massive explosion in Beirut.— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) August 4, 2020
The entire country is in shock. These scenes are terrifying. Even a friend who lives 27 kms north of Beirut heard the sound of the explosion. @akhbarpic.twitter.com/uQzc03czZB
Lebanon is dealing with a severe economic crisis, coronacrisis and now this enormous blast.— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) August 4, 2020
I can hear two explosions in this video and the sound of people screaming.
How much can a country and a population take? pic.twitter.com/4gPjJJv6Mb
A local news agency quoted the health minister as saying that there are large numbers of injured in the incident. Al Mayadeen television said hundreds were wounded.
Lebanon`s internal security chief Abbas Ibrahim said that a massive blast in Beirut`s port area occurred in a section housing highly-explosive materials, and not explosive as had been reported earlier by the official state news agency NNA.
Speaking to reporters in televised remarks, he declined to speculate about the cause of the explosion in Lebanon`s capital, saying "we cannot preempt investigations".