2020 Beirut Explosion
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2020 Beirut Explosion refers to a massive explosion that occurred in Beirut, Lebanon in early August 2020. Footage of the explosion, which showed an enormous mushroom cloud, widely circulated on social media. Lebanese authorities revealed that the blast may have been caused by 2,750 tons of unsecured ammonium nitrate that had been stored in a warehouse for six years. As of August 5th, more than 113 people have been reported as dead, 100 missing and 4,000 injured.
On August 4th, 2020, an enormous explosion erupted in Beirut, Lebanon. Immediately after, footage of the blast began circulating on Twitter (shown below).
Footage of the Explosion in #Beirut #Lebanon a few minutes ago. Praying for the safety of everyone. pic.twitter.com/6Q3y6A6DxL— Fady Roumieh (@FadyRoumieh) August 4, 2020
Shortly after, additional videos of the explosion began circulating (shown below).
RAW FOOTAGE: Massive explosion shakes Lebanon's capital Beirut; no word yet on cause or casualties
AbirGhattas</a> <br><br> <a href="https://t.co/U0OgSxVGZc">pic.twitter.com/U0OgSxVGZc</a></p>— Breaking911 (Breaking911) August 4, 2020
— INTELSky (@Intel_Sky) August 4, 2020
That day, reporter Joyce Karam tweeted that two explosions had occurred in Beirut, with one at the Port of Beirut and one near the residence of Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri (shown below).
BREAKING: Explosions in Beirut #Lebanon— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) August 4, 2020
• 2 explosions in last 15 min
• One at Port, one inside Beirut
• Reports it’s near ex PM Hariri residence in city center
• Second very loud, shook city, houses
• This week is International Tribunal verdict into killing of Rafik Hariri
That day, reporter Heshmat Alavi tweeted a video of the explosion, stating that the Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan stated "a ship carrying fireworks exploded in Beirut Port" (shown below).
Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan says a ship carrying fireworks exploded in Beirut Port, via
DavidADaoud</a>.<a href="https://t.co/fhjrp2LK0h">pic.twitter.com/fhjrp2LK0h</a></p>— Heshmat Alavi (HeshmatAlavi) August 4, 2020
Also on August 4th, reporter Ragıp Soylu tweeted that the Director-General of Lebanese public security stated that the incident was not the result of fireworks, but was caused by the combustion of "a high-explosive material" (shown below).
BREAKING -- Director-General of the Lebanese Public Security: What happened [in Beirut] is not a fireworks explosion, but a high-explosive material that was confiscated for years -- Al Jazeera— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) August 4, 2020
Aug 04, 2020 at 05:46PM EDT
Aug 04, 2020 at 06:27PM EDT
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