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Massive explosion rocks Beirut

Massive explosion rocks Beirut
(Inset) Massive blast with mushroom cloud rips through Lebanese city. Vehicles and houses damaged after the blast.
BEIRUT, AUG 4 (AP) | Publish Date: 8/4/2020 1:39:09 PM IST

OVER 50 KILLED, AT LEAST 2700 INJURED 

A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. Over 50 people were killed and over 2,700 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said.

Hours later, ambulances still carried away the wounded as army helicopters helped battle fires raging at the port. The sudden devastation overwhelmed a country already struggling with both the coronavirus pandemic and an economic crisis: Beirut hospitals quickly filled beyond capacity, pleading for blood supplies and generators to keep their lights on. The cause of the blast, which sparked fires, overturned cars and blew out windows and doors, was not immediately known.

Abbas Ibrahim, chief of Lebanese General Security, said it might have been caused by highly explosive material that was confiscated from a ship some time ago and stored at the port. Local television channel LBC said the material was sodium nitrate. Witnesses reported seeing a strange orange-colored cloud over the site after the explosion. Orange clouds of toxic nitrogen dioxide gas often accompany an explosion involving nitrates.

An Israeli government official said Israel “had nothing to do” with the blast. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter with the media. Israeli officials usually do not comment on “foreign reports.” 

Health Minister Hassan Hamad said the preliminary toll was 50 dead and more than 2,700 wounded. Emergency teams streamed in from across Lebanon to help, and injured had to be taken to hospitals outside the capital. Some of those injured lay on the ground at the port, Associated Press staff at the scene said. A civil defense official said there were still bodies inside the port, many under debris.

Local TV stations reported that a fireworks warehouse was involved. The fire then appeared to catch at a nearby building, triggering a more massive explosion, sending up a mushroom cloud and a shock wave. Miles from the port, building facades were shredded, balconies were knocked down and windows shattered.

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