Large explosions rocked central Beirut, flattening a lot of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out home windows and doorways as a large mushroom cloud rose above the capital.
Witnesses noticed many individuals injured by flying glass and particles.
A photographer close to the port noticed individuals mendacity injured on the bottom, and hospitals known as for blood donations, however actual casualties weren’t instantly recognized.
Miles from the scene of the blast, balconies had been knocked down, ceiling collapsed and home windows had been shattered.
The reason for the blast was not instantly clear.
It got here at a time when Lebanon is passing via 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 an enormous blast that despatched up a mushroom cloud and a shock wave racing over the town.
Some native TV stations reported the blast was at Beirut’s port inside an space the place fireworks had been saved.