Massive explosion in Beirut


More than 100 people were killed and thousands wounded in a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday (August 4th) at the city's port. The cause of the huge blast, which had the force of a 3.5-magnitude earthquake and was felt as far as 180 miles away, is still unclear, but it appeared to have been triggered by a fire. Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi told a local TV station that it appeared the explosion was caused by the detonation of more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse at the dock since it was confiscated from a cargo ship in 2014. Local TV stations also reported that a fireworks warehouse was involved. The blast destroyed a number apartment buildings, as well as grain silos at the port, where it's estimated some 85 percent of Lebanon's grain was stored. 

The incredible thing about this explosion is the shock wave that follows... unbelievable amount of force