A massive series of explosions flattened most of the port area in Lebanon's capital city of Beirut on Tuesday, sending a horrific shock wave that severely damaged a wide range of structures across the capital city and could be felt over a dozen miles away. At least 25 people were reportedly killed and over 2,500 injured. An unknown number of bodies are still buried under rubble, and the death toll is expected to climb sharply.
“It was a real horror show. I haven’t seen anything like that since the days of the (civil) war,” said Marwan Ramadan, who was about 500 meters (yards) from the port and was knocked off his feet by the force of the explosion.
7 angles of this Beirut Explosion, many feared injured & dead. Pray for Lebanon 🙏🥺— Father NomY (@Eze_NorNor) August 4, 2020
This is horrific. More than 30 dead and 3,000 injured in Beirut explosion. Lebanon’s interior minister says ammonium nitrate likely the cause pic.twitter.com/IXlG24aUvr— Gavin Coote (@GavinCoote) August 4, 2020
Guys ,the next time you see an explosion, stop recording and lie down. There is a second shockwave that hits about 2 seconds later that flips cars breaks windows and throws you away. Let's pray for Beirut and Lebanon all in all pic.twitter.com/seqiY5pSMY— JELA (@J_E_LA) August 4, 2020
This group was recording the 1st fire/explosion this afternoon - they also caught the first moment of the second explosion and the huge 'Mushroom cloud' it caused over the area. #Lebanon #Beirut #بيروت #لبنان pic.twitter.com/hzmIiuiTiV— Hijab Fatima ( فاطمہ وانی) (@imFatimaWani) August 4, 2020
The #Beirut explosion littered streets with broken glass and debris. Witnesses near the port say devastation is worse than the civil war:— AJ+ (@ajplus) August 4, 2020
"I've experienced everything, but nothing like this."
Hospitals are full, some struggling to keep power on amid Lebanon's economic crisis. pic.twitter.com/euTo1NwDxE
There was an enormous explosion in Beirut, Lebanon today.— Things China Doesn't Want You To Know (@TruthAbtChina) August 4, 2020
Initial reports are that a seized shipment of explosives detonated at the port.
There is catastrophic damage as far as 10 km (6 miles) away.
There are hundreds dead or wounded. It is too early to know how many. pic.twitter.com/NeBcDBq2Lx
After slowing down one of the videos of the #BeirutExplosion taken from a speeding boat, you can clearly see the shock wave moving over the surface of the water milliseconds after the explosion is visible. #BeirutBlast #Lebanon pic.twitter.com/HCseI4BE0j— Ramy Yaacoub (@RamyYaacoub) August 4, 2020
Lebanon have been hit so bad by the corona virus pandemic, then the economic crisis and now the nuclear like explosion.... Indeed 2020 is an unforgettable year. May God protect the people of Beirut and give them lasting peace #Beirut pic.twitter.com/VMNT87rnc4— MOHNICE (@Official_mohnyc) August 4, 2020