Earlier on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, a massive explosion erupted in Lebanon’s capital Beirut, TopNaija reports.
The afternoon blast shook several parts of the capital with Local Red Cross reporting hundreds injured and widespread damage.
Local TV stations reported the blast was at Beirut’s port inside an area where firecrackers were stored, while an Associated Press photographer near Beirut’s port said he witnessed people wounded on the ground and widespread destruction in central Beirut.
Many buildings were damaged by the explosion, including the headquarters of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and CNN’s bureau in the city. A red cloud hung over Beirut in the wake of the blast as firefighting teams rushed to the scene to try to put out the fire.
Homes as far as 10 kilometers away were damaged, according to witnesses, and local media video showed cars destroyed and flipped over.
One Beirut resident who was several kilometers away from the site of the blast said her windows had been shattered by the explosion. “What I felt was that it was an earthquake,” Rania Masri told CNN. The apartment shook horizontally and all of a sudden it felt like an explosion and the windows and doors burst open. The glass just broke. So many homes were damaged or destroyed.”
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