The Lebanese capital, Beirut, was hit by a colossal explosion Tuesday afternoon, destroying buildings and breaking windows miles away.
Videos of the mysterious blast, reportedly in the port area of the city, showed a thick column of smoke rising in the air, before a large fireball explodes, swiftly followed by an enormous explosion, blasting a mushroom cloud that was felt miles away.
“We live 10 KM away from the explosion site and the glass of our [buildings] got shattered,” tweeted Abir Ghattas.
The source of the blast was a major fire at a fireworks warehouse near the port, according to Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency. Multiple people were injured in the explosion.
Leila Molana-Allen, Middle East correspondent at France 24, tweeted that the blast had destroyed her block.
“All the buildings in my block are destroyed. Huge explosion in [Beirut]. Everyone covered in glass and blood,” she wrote. “My apartment in Beirut was just blown apart.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.