A Video footage shows the moment huge explosions rocked Downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of damaged buildings, ports and blowing out windows and doors across the city as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital.
Witnesses saw many people wounded by flying glass and debris. Miles from the scene of the blast, balconies were knocked down, windows were shattered and ceiling collapsed.
Latest pictures show the aftermath of a massive explosion in Lebanon's capital Beirut
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At first, a video taken by residents showed a blazing fire raging at the port, sending up a giant column of smoke, illuminated by flashes of what appear to be fireworks.
The fire then appeared to catch a nearby building, triggering a shock wave, an even larger explosion and sending up a mushroom cloud.
It is believed that the explosion was caused by a blast which detonated 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been stored at the port for six years.
The sudden devastation has overpowered Lebanon, a country already striving with both the coronavirus pandemic and an economic crisis.