I figured it’s an earthquake, as the Latest auto 20 office in central Beirut shook Tuesday with a brutality I ‘d never before experienced. I crouched on the floor and waited for further tremors.
A split second later, I heard metal crack and glass shatter. I peered through the window and saw a cloud of yellow dust surrounding me, the street strewn with debris and broken glass. People screamed and yelled around, trying to understand what had happened.
The rest of the office I stumbled around. A window frame had been torn out of the wall. The studio was a jumble of tools, cables were scattered all over, but there was still a tripod on the floor with his camera. The glass entrance to the office, with its big, red Latest auto 20 logo, lay in the corridor shattered.
A few minutes later a doorman named Mustafa arrived running in, a lanky, usually good-spirited chap. “Are you fine?” he screamed. “Is all well?”
“I’m all right,” I responded. I had not had something happening.
Dozens of people killed, thousands wounded in an explosion in Beirut: Live
Officials expect the death toll to rise after A large explosion breaks through the Lebanese capital.
Lebanese authorities said at least 78 people were killed and about 4,000 injured in a powerful explosion at a port in the capital, Beirut.
Tuesday’s blast caused a shockwave throughout the city, causing massive damage even on the outskirts of the capital.
It was not immediately clear what caused the blast. The explosion was connected by officials to some 2,700 tons of confiscated ammonium nitrate that had been stored for six years in a port warehouse.
Following the explosion Lebanese President Michel Aoun convened the High Defense Council of the country.
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23:35 GMT-Death toll rises to 78 after a huge explosion in Beirut
The death toll from the massive explosion at a port warehouse near central Beirut has risen to 78 with more than 4,000 injured.