It was a scene seemingly plucked from a film, however in 2020, everything is becoming a reality and now, the Lebanese city of Beirut is in the midst of understanding what occurred on Tuesday afternoon.
By now, images have flooded the internet after two huge explosions ripped through the city which has killed at least 73 people and injured 3,700 more. The damage caused by the blast has brought down buildings and shattered glass miles throughout Beirut. Lebanon’s interior minister has said ammonium nitrate – commonly used in fertiliser – likely caused the explosion at Beirut port where it is believed a warehouse was housing “highly explosive” material, according Lebanese officials.
Moment that the second explosion hit #Beirut Lebanon. Many houses damaged, injuries reported.
First was at Port. This is closer to downtown pic.twitter.com/6DdmgQFriD
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) August 4, 2020
It is still not known exactly what caused the two blasts.
Lebanon’s prime minister, Hassan Diab, has declared a two-week state of emergency. The blasts are dire for Lebanon who is already at the centre of financial collapse, significantly brought on due to the pandemic.
Scott Morison tweeted earlier this morning explaining that one Australian has been killed. Governments worldwide have offered support, including the UK, France, the US, Canada and Israel.
Stay tuned for updates.