Beirut rocked by explosion causing 'large numbers’ of injuries in Lebanese capital: video

Beirut rocked by explosion causing 'large numbers’ of injuries in Lebanese capital: video
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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.

“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.

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.”

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