Massive Blast In Beirut Causes 27 Dead, Footage Looks Like Atomic Blast
BEIRUT BLAST FOOTAGE – A horrifying tragic event transpired in Beirut earlier sending shockwaves across the island of Cyprus.
Officials from Beirut said the blast was caused by highly explosive materials stored in a warehouse. Based on an article from BBC, the warehouse kept 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate.
Lebanon’s Supreme Defense Council said an investigation is underway to determine what sparked the blast. Furthermore, those responsible for the blast would be charged with the “maximum punishment” possible.
As per the article, the Health Minister of Beirut said at least 70 people have been killed by the blast. Meanwhile, over 4,000 were injured by the massive blast.
In the videos, you could see the warehouse up in smokes with little sparks at the bottom of the cloud. But suddenly, the small sparks triggered the massive blast that caused a gigantic ball of flames. This left shockwaves that were felt and heard even 240km (150 miles) away on the island of Cyprus.
Here are some of the footage taken by residents of Beirut moments before the blast:
The blast causes severe damage to the surrounding area. Those closest to the blast site have been disintegrated with images akin to an apocalyptic scene.
Ammonium nitrate is a highly explosive substance especially when it comes into contact with fire. Due to it being flammable, strict rules for its storage should be followed. There mustn’t be any drains, pipes, or other similar channels where the material could build up.
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