Videos show huge explosion rocking port of Beirut, no reports of casualties

Cheryl Sanders
August 4, 2020

The loud blast in Beirut's port area was felt across large parts of the city and some districts lost electricity.

Videos and photographs shared across social media show the moment of the explosion and the devastation just moments later.

Some local TV stations reported the blast was inside an area where firecrackers were stored.

The cause of the explosion is not yet known, but security sources told AFP that the explosion left dozens wounded.

Glass covered floor in the area surrounding the explosion site as sirens wailed.

Several journalists documented the damage from the explosion, which included destroyed offices. Video footage captured the shock wave striking buildings kilometers away, as a massive mushroom cloud of dust and debris was shot into the sky.

A huge column of smoke was seen rising over the city.

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