This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Lebanon: Beirut port blast leaves city strewn with wreckage02:32

Lebanon: Beirut port blast leaves city strewn with wreckage

Lebanon, Beirut
August 5, 2020 at 17:57 GMT -00:00 · Published

Destruction lined the streets of Beirut Wednesday, as residents continued to take stock of the damage inflicted by a massive explosion at the city's port on Tuesday.

Multiple buildings that faced the port, including that of state-owned electricity provider Electricite du Liban, appeared to have had their windows blown out, and numerous cars that had suffered the blast lay abandoned on one of the city's main highways.

Pavement in the popular shopping district 'Beirut Souks' was seen covered in shattered glass, with store interiors in disarray.

The blasts are thought to have been caused by the still unexplained ignition of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical material which was reportedly stored without precautionary measures at the port, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

Results of an investigation into the causes of the explosions are expected to be released in the next five days.

Lebanon: Beirut port blast leaves city strewn with wreckage02:32
No Account? Sign up!
Description

Destruction lined the streets of Beirut Wednesday, as residents continued to take stock of the damage inflicted by a massive explosion at the city's port on Tuesday.

Multiple buildings that faced the port, including that of state-owned electricity provider Electricite du Liban, appeared to have had their windows blown out, and numerous cars that had suffered the blast lay abandoned on one of the city's main highways.

Pavement in the popular shopping district 'Beirut Souks' was seen covered in shattered glass, with store interiors in disarray.

The blasts are thought to have been caused by the still unexplained ignition of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical material which was reportedly stored without precautionary measures at the port, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

Results of an investigation into the causes of the explosions are expected to be released in the next five days.

Top downloads in last 24 hours
02:05
USA: Protesters arrested in Louisville amid Breonna Taylor marchUSA: Protesters arrested in Louisville amid Breonna Taylor march
September 24, 2020 at 04:45 GMT -00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:40
Belarus: Lukashenko sworn in for sixth term in unannounced ceremonyBelarus: Lukashenko sworn in for sixth term in unannounced ceremony
September 23, 2020 at 11:16 GMT -00:00
01:43
USA: BLM protesters rally in Louisville as officers in Breonna Taylor case avoid homicide chargesUSA: BLM protesters rally in Louisville as officers in Breonna Taylor case avoid homicide charges
September 23, 2020 at 23:47 GMT -00:00
03:59
Meet the parkour icon, King Spider, driving New York up the wallMeet the parkour icon, King Spider, driving New York up the wall
September 23, 2020 at 17:23 GMT -00:00
01:53
Canada: Teddy hits Nova Scotia as post-tropical stormCanada: Teddy hits Nova Scotia as post-tropical storm
September 23, 2020 at 22:57 GMT -00:00
Pool for subscribers only
05:03
Belarus: Country among few where 'colour revolution failed' - LukashenkoBelarus: Country among few where 'colour revolution failed' - Lukashenko
September 24, 2020 at 07:22 GMT -00:00
01:50
France: Police mobilised as Eiffel Tower cordoned off amid 'bomb' alertFrance: Police mobilised as Eiffel Tower cordoned off amid 'bomb' alert
September 23, 2020 at 11:38 GMT -00:00
02:34
USA: Bobcat Fire grows past 110K acres, still widely uncontainedUSA: Bobcat Fire grows past 110K acres, still widely uncontained
September 23, 2020 at 17:56 GMT -00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:19
USA: Trump refuses to commit to peaceful power transfer if he loses November electionUSA: Trump refuses to commit to peaceful power transfer if he loses November election
September 24, 2020 at 01:37 GMT -00:00
04:32
State-of-the-art cleaning robots make spotless debut at London stationState-of-the-art cleaning robots make spotless debut at London station
September 24, 2020 at 03:21 GMT -00:00
07:29
Lebanon: Returned Lebanese migrants recount attempted boat crossing horrorLebanon: Returned Lebanese migrants recount attempted boat crossing horror
September 23, 2020 at 14:43 GMT -00:00
02:18
India: Traffic disrupted as Mumbai flooded after heavy rainIndia: Traffic disrupted as Mumbai flooded after heavy rain
September 24, 2020 at 08:11 GMT -00:00
01:49
UK: Mancunians enjoy last night out as fresh COVID restrictions loomUK: Mancunians enjoy last night out as fresh COVID restrictions loom
September 23, 2020 at 23:26 GMT -00:00
02:00
Belarus: Riot police use water cannons against protesters during rally in MinskBelarus: Riot police use water cannons against protesters during rally in Minsk
September 23, 2020 at 18:11 GMT -00:00
03:06
USA: Thousands march in NYC amid nationwide Breonna Taylor protestsUSA: Thousands march in NYC amid nationwide Breonna Taylor protests
September 24, 2020 at 06:52 GMT -00:00
Pool for subscribers only
00:52
Russian bombers take to Belarus skies during joint drillsRussian bombers take to Belarus skies during joint drills
September 24, 2020 at 00:48 GMT -00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:10
UN: Ukraine's Zelenskiy offers to create Kiev-based international office to combat disinformation and propagandaUN: Ukraine's Zelenskiy offers to create Kiev-based international office to combat disinformation and propaganda
September 24, 2020 at 00:36 GMT -00:00
02:50
USA: Protest erupts in DC after jury refuses to charge officers in Breonna Taylor caseUSA: Protest erupts in DC after jury refuses to charge officers in Breonna Taylor case
September 24, 2020 at 10:06 GMT -00:00
01:59
Germany: Lukashenko inauguration has 'no democratic legitimacy' - govt. spox.Germany: Lukashenko inauguration has 'no democratic legitimacy' - govt. spox.
September 23, 2020 at 13:39 GMT -00:00
00:47
Ukraine: US military aircraft fly over Kiev in joint drillsUkraine: US military aircraft fly over Kiev in joint drills
September 23, 2020 at 15:04 GMT -00:00
01:35
Spain: Madrid activists succeed in preventing eviction of terminally ill 85-year-oldSpain: Madrid activists succeed in preventing eviction of terminally ill 85-year-old
September 23, 2020 at 17:28 GMT -00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:32
Iran: Rouhani celebrates as UNSC rejects US-backed sanctionsIran: Rouhani celebrates as UNSC rejects US-backed sanctions
September 23, 2020 at 15:13 GMT -00:00
Pool for subscribers only
04:12
UN: 'There is no blood in the sand' - Trump touts more upcoming peace deals in the Middle EastUN: 'There is no blood in the sand' - Trump touts more upcoming peace deals in the Middle East
September 22, 2020 at 15:45 GMT -00:00
03:25
Iran: Tehran locals react to Washington reimposing UN sanctions on countryIran: Tehran locals react to Washington reimposing UN sanctions on country
September 20, 2020 at 09:40 GMT -00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:45
UN: Maduro demands US sanctions to be lifted during General Assembly speechUN: Maduro demands US sanctions to be lifted during General Assembly speech
September 24, 2020 at 00:14 GMT -00:00
View all videos