A huge explosion near the center of Beirut killed at least 10 people, injured hundreds and sent shockwaves across the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, shattering windows and causing apartment balconies to collapse.
The most powerful explosion to hit Beirut in years shook the ground, leaving some residents thinking an earthquake had struck. Dazed and weeping, some of them wounded, people walked through streets checking to see if relatives were hurt.
The blast occurred in the city’s port area. Lebanon’s interior minister said initial information indicated highly explosive material, seized years ago, that had been stored there had blown up. Lebanon-based broadcaster Mayadeen cited the country’s customs director saying tonnes of nitrate exploded.
Apparently this guy was livestreaming it, there is another video of someone filming literally right next to the explosion at the port, and apparently this person was livestreaming aswell, there is pretty much no chance the guy next to the port survived.
Someone random on twitter said he had firework explosion experience said that when fireworks blow up they blow up like we see on the video but don't cause as devastating damages as other explosion types do.
Obviously not verified info, but let's hope people were saved from bigger blasts at least.
Let's hope people recover.
Ammonium nitrate. Goes off all at once, and decomposes from a white powder straight into gas. The gases are not flammable, so no fireball, just a massive shockwave that destroys everything and everyone in its path. Present in your car's airbags, in very small quantities. Over 2500 tonnes here.
Video from a very close angle of the firdt explosion: mobile.twitter.com/Psadldodmdidesh/statu..