A powerful blast has just rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut. The cause of the massive explosion is as yet unknown.
But multiple social media videos from various angles shows it happened during daylight hours Tuesday, in the late afternoon or early evening local time.
Images show that a massive shockwave flashed over the city, followed by an immense fireball that appeared several stories high.
— Edwin Azzi (@Edwinazzi) August 4, 2020
It happened near Beirut’s port and there are unverified reports of a secondary explosion as well.
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.
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.
— Alia Malek عليا مالك (@AliaMalek) August 4, 2020
Lately the southern Lebanese border has been scene of brief fighting between the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Hezbollah.
— Jasmine El-Gamal (@jasmineelgamal) August 4, 2020
Tel Aviv has recently warned Lebanon that it will be held responsible for any Hezbollah aggression.