Massive explosion rocks Beirut; dozens killed, thousands injured

by Adam Ford · Aug 4th, 2020 3:24 pm

Last Updated Aug 5th, 2020 at 9:31 pm

A massive explosion rocked Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, on Tuesday. The cause of the blast is yet unknown but it is said to have centered on a "fireworks depot."

At least 100 people are confirmed dead so far, with "many more" feared killed and at least 4,000 injured. Among the deceased is reportedly the leader of a political party. The blast also reportedly did "considerable damage" to the presidential palace.

There are reports that ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive compound commonly used as a high-nitrogen fertilizer, was being stored at the location. President Trump said late Tuesday that U.S. generals told him that they believe the blast was due to "an attack ... a bomb of some kind."

Videos of the devastating explosion and its aftermath circulated on social media.

The blast was so powerful that it formed a mini mushroom cloud and sent a shock wave through the city.

Beirut Port before and after the explosion:

The blast was felt 150 miles away and shattered glass in buildings several miles from its epicenter.

Israel has denied involvement and offered humanitarian aid:

Breaking on Tuesday night: President Trump said that American generals believe the explosion was due to "an attack ... a bomb of some kind":

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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