A big explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, injuring many individuals as glass shattered and balconies collapsed from the influence, Reuters witnesses mentioned.
Lebanon’s state information company NNA and two safety sources mentioned the blast had occurred within the port space the place there are warehouses housing explosives. It was not instantly clear what triggered the blast or what sort of explosives had been within the warehouses.
“I noticed a fireball and smoke billowing over Beirut. Folks had been screaming and operating, bleeding. Balconies had been blown off buildings. Glass in high-rise buildings shattered and fell to the road,” mentioned a Reuters witness.
Native broadcaster LBC quoted the well being minister as saying there was a “very excessive quantity” of injures and a considerable amount of harm. Al Mayadeen tv mentioned a whole bunch had been wounded.
One other Reuters witness mentioned she noticed heavy gray smoke close to the port space after which heard an explosion and noticed flames of fireside and black smoke: “All of the downtown space home windows are smashed and there are wounded folks strolling round. It’s whole chaos.”