Beirut rocked by explosion causing 'large numbers’ of injuries in Lebanese capital: video
Beirut, Lebanon’s capital city, has experienced a major explosion, CNN is reporting.
According to Tamara Qiblawi and Ben Wedeman of CNN, “The source of the explosion was a major fire at a warehouse for firecrackers near the port in Beirut, the state-run National News Agency reported. Local news reported large numbers of wounded people.”
The explosion, Qiblawi and Wedeman note, damaged many buildings — including the headquarters of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the building that housed CNN’s Lebanese bureau.
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“Homes as far as 10 kilometers away were damaged, according to witnesses, and local media video showed cars destroyed and flipped over,” according to Qiblawi and Wedeman.
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Beirut resident Rania Masri told CNN that the windows in her apartment were shattered by the blast, saying, “What I felt was that it was an earthquake. The apartment shook horizontally and all of a sudden it felt like an explosion and the windows and doors burst open. The glass just broke. So many homes were damaged or destroyed.”