A massive explosion rocked the port of Lebanon capital Beirut.The cause of the blast is not immediately clear, though one Lebanese network says it may have been a cache of fireworks.

According To LBCI Lebanon News “Initial information that tells the LBCI that the explosion is in Amber No. 12 in the port, which resulted in burning due to the explosion of the firecrackers inside it.”

The Moment the explosion occurred. The video footage of the explosion appears to have been taken by some fast moving craft about 1 KM from shore.

 

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Beirut Explosion Captured From A Boat

Daily Star Office Destroyed

Video footage from the daily star office now in Lebanon showed how the explosion completely destroyed the building.  Scene of the offices at the Daily Star local newspaper.

Debris of things destroyed by the explosion shattered on the streets. An eyewitness said her house felt like melting.

Beirut Blast Update: Many Trapped Under Rubble

Reports from sources have it that many people are trapped under rubble, with dozens already being taken to hospitals in Beirut’s downtown following the explosion at the city’s port.

Meanwhile, al-Mayadeen now says “the thing that exploded in the Beirut port now seems to have contained oil.”

Video Of Initial Explosion

Here’s a video of the moments following the initial explosion in Beirut before the massive second blast. Appears to be either munitions or fireworks.

Beirut Explosion: Aftermath Videos

The aftermath of the explosion in Beirut is unbelievable. The explosions in was said to have occurred in a fireworks warehouse.


Beirut Explosion Updates…

Lebanese authorities have said at least 78 people have been killed and some 3,700 wounded in a massive explosion at the port in the capital, Beirut.

The explosion on Tuesday sent shockwaves across the city, causing widespread damage even on the outskirts of the capital.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. Officials linked the explosion to some 2,700 tonnes of confiscated ammonium nitrate that were being stored in a warehouse at the port for six years.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun assembled the country’s High Defence Council following the explosion.

23:35 GMT – Death toll rises to 78 following massive Beirut explosion
The death toll from the massive blast at a port warehouses near central Beirut has risen to 78, with over 4,000 wounded.

Officials said they expected the death toll to rise further after Tuesday’s blast as emergency workers dug through rubble to rescue people and remove the dead.

President Michel Aoun called for an emergency cabinet meeting on Wednesday and said a two-week state of emergency should be declared.

22:47 GMT – Trump says explosion ‘looks like a terrible attack’
US President Donald Trump said the huge explosion that shook Beirut appeared to be a “terrible attack.”

“We have a very good relationship with the people of Lebanon and we will be there to help. It looks like a terrible attack,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

“I’ve met with some of our great generals and they just seem to feel that this was not some kind of manufacturing explosion type of an event … They seem to think it was an attack. It was a bomb of some kind.”

22:03 GMT – Explosion damages UNIFIL ship, hurts personnel
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said one of its ships docked at the port was damaged in the explosion, leaving a number of its personnel wounded, including some in critical condition.

UNIFIL said it was transporting the wounded peacekeepers to the nearest hospitals and was assessing the situation, including the scale of the impact on its personnel.

“We are with the people and the Government of Lebanon during this difficult time and stand ready to help and provide any assistance and support,” Major General Del Col, UNIFIL head of mission and force commander, said in a statement.

22:01 GMT – US embassy urges people to stay indoors
The US embassy in Beirut warned residents in the capital about reports of toxic gases released by the explosion, urging people to stay indoors and wear masks if available.

21:59 GMT – Beirut declared disaster-stricken city
Lebanon’s High Defence Council, which brings together the president and all major security agencies,declared Beirut a disaster-stricken city.

21:52 GMT – Investigation committee to say who is responsible within days
After the council meeting at the Baabda presidential palace, which was also attended by Prime Minister Hassan Diab, the following was announced:

– An investigation committee has been tasked to say who was responsible for the blast within five days.

– The families of victims will be paid compensation.

– Import traffic will be routed to the Tripoli port in northern Lebanon.

21:39 GMT – 60 wounded in critical condition
At least 60 of the wounded people were in critical condition, according to the Red Cross.

The organisation said it had also set up triage and first aid stations to help people with non-critical injuries.

21:11 GMT – ‘Unacceptable’ 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored without safety measures: Aoun
Aoun said that it is “unacceptable” that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were stored in a warehouse for six years without safety measures, according to statements published on the presidency’s Twitter account.

Aoun also pledged that those responsible would face the “harshest punishments” and said a two-week state of emergency should be declared.