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A huge explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, shaking buildings, shattering windows and sending a huge plume of smoke into the sky, AFP correspondents said.
a large ship in the background: The blast in Beirut's port area sent a huge plume of smoke into the sky© Anwar AMRO The blast in Beirut's port area sent a huge plume of smoke into the sky
Lebanese media carried images of people trapped under rubble, some bloodied, after the massive explosion, the cause of which was not immediately known.
The loud blast in Beirut's port area was felt across large parts of the city and some districts lost electricity.
Preliminary reports by local Lebanese media said the blast may have been the result of an incident at Beirut port.
"Buildings are shaking," tweeted one resident, while another wrote: "An enormous, deafening explosion just engulfed Beirut. Heard it from miles away".
Online footage from a Lebanese newspaper office showed blown out windows, scattered furniture and demolished interior panelling.
A UN tribunal is due to issue its verdict in the trial of four suspects in the murder by car bomb of Hariri.
All four are members of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, which has consistently denied any role in Hariri's death. They are being tried in absentia and the verdict is due on Friday.
The possible second explosion was reported to be at the Hariri residence in the city.
originally posted by: 0bserver1
That's one hell of an explosion, I'm wondering what could be the cause of this..?
title says fireworks factory/storage but article says explosives storage
Lebanon's Health Minister Hamad Hasan said an explosion in central Beirut on Tuesday had caused a "very high number of injuries" and extensive damage, Lebanese LBC television channel quoted the minister as saying. Its state news agency NNA and two security sources said the blast had occurred in the port area where there are warehouses housing explosives. It was not immediately clear what caused the blast or what kind of explosives were in the warehouses.
originally posted by: CrazeeWorld777
a reply to: IAMTAT
can fireworks be felt from 12 miles away? I don't think so and I'm pretty sure fireworks don't knock buildings down.