BEIRUT — Large explosions rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening a lot of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out home windows and doorways as an enormous mushroom cloud rose above the capital. Witnesses noticed many individuals injured by flying glass and particles.
An Related Press photographer close to the port noticed folks mendacity injured on the bottom, and hospitals known as for blood donations, however precise casualties weren’t instantly recognized.
Miles from the scene of the blast, balconies have been knocked down, ceiling collapsed and home windows have been shattered.
The reason for the blast was not instantly clear. It got here at a time when Lebanon is passing by its worst financial and monetary disaster in a long time.
It additionally comes amid rising tensions between Israel and the militant Hezbollah group alongside Lebanon’s southern border.
On-line video confirmed a column of smoke rising from the port space from what seemed to be an preliminary explosion, adopted by a large blast that despatched up a mushroom cloud and a shock wave racing over town.
Some native TV stations reported the blast was at Beirut’s port inside an space the place fireworks have been saved.