Harrowing footage has emerged of a bride running for her life as the Beirut explosion rips through her wedding photoshoot...
A massive explosion has rocked the city of Beirut.
via: GettyOn Tuesday, shocking footage of the explosion, which appeared to come from around the Lebanese capital’s port, was posted onto Twitter.
And just a day later it was confirmed that the blast was caused by ammonium nitrate.
2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate left unsecured in a warehouse. many lost their lives in a split second. my prayers g… https://t.co/Gowx71fp4D— ㅇㅅㅇ (@ㅇㅅㅇ)1596582884.0
It was used to make fertilizers and explosives.
via: Getty ImagesAnd the substance has been stored there near a port for over 6 years.
But nothing of the sort has ever happened before.
via: Getty ImagesThe cause of the explosion was also backed up by the country's General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim, that also added that some of the material had been confiscated and stored there prior to the incident.
The utter devastation left behind has shocked the world.
via: Getty ImagesThe blast could be felt in other countries in a 100KM radius.
Reports state that it was even felt in the country of Cyprus in Europe.
via: Getty ImagesSince the explosion occurred, other countries including Canada and the United Kingdom have offered their support to Lebanon.
The Czech Republic has also said they would send in thirty-seven rescuers with sniffer dogs...
via: Getty ImagesWhile Greece and Denmark have also extended a helping hand.
The French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron said he was already in the process of sending equipment into the country.
via: Getty ImagesOn Twitter, he said this: "I express my fraternal solidarity with the Lebanese after the explosion which claimed so many victims and damages this evening in Beirut. "France stands alongside Lebanon. Always. French aid and resources are being transported on the spot."
It has already been a pretty difficult time for the country.
via: Getty ImagesAmid the pandemic, the country has also been suffering a major economic collapse, with its currency dropping in value over seventy percent.
That means supplies and funding were hard to distribute...
via: Getty ImagesAnd with the coronavirus still wreaking havoc in most countries, this just adds even more pressure on the government, as well as the country's citizens.
It is thought that the damage repairs are going to cost approximately 5 billion dollars.
via: Getty ImagesOver half of the city, including the port, has been completely damaged. Not to mention houses, businesses, and vehicles that were within the impact point of the blast.
Even places that weren't close to the warehouse experienced intense damage.
via: Getty ImagesThe blast was so strong that it completely shattered glass windows and blew in the entrances of homes and other establishments.
Footage of the blast as well as the devastating after-effects are being uploaded online.
via: Getty ImagesIt's a truly harrowing sight.
Another video has also shown us how scary the incident was.
via: Getty ImagesA priest was leading the service when the lights started flicking and the rumbling started.
He can then be seen running, as well as everyone else in the church as the impact of the explosion tears through the room.
via: Getty ImagesIt is a truly disheartening sight.
So far, 137 people have died...
via: Getty ImagesAnd 5,000 more are said to be injured.
Emergency services in the area are working tirelessly to recover people from the rubble.
via: Getty ImagesBut it is a long and daunting task, with many people being found amongst the carnage succumbing to their injuries.
People online are raising more awareness about the issue, as well as promoting links as to where you can donate.
https://t.co/oHxzj0XmDz— elisha (@elisha)1596627938.0
Reuters also reported that the country might be facing a food shortage.
After blast, Lebanon has less than a month's grain reserves https://t.co/rzq7JEM4CT https://t.co/xprrOlx87l— Reuters (@Reuters)1596627304.0
More and more terrifying footage is starting to emerge.
via: Getty ImagesIncluding the moment the explosion ripped through a bride's wedding photoshoot.
The whole thing was caught on camera.
via: TwitterDuring the start of the clip, the bride - draped in a stunning white gown - can be seen smiling into the camera as the shot gradually zooms in.
Within seconds the happy moment is obliterated.
via: TwitterAs the explosion destroys the capital city.
The photographer instantly runs for cover...
via: TwitterAs does the bride.
It's unclear how close the pair were when the blast occurred.
via: TwitterBut it did destroy the surrounding buildings.
You can watch the horrifying clip below:
This bride was taking wedding photos yesterday as the explosion happened in Beirut...https://t.co/2eh1eYQut8— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@Rex Chapman🏇🏼)1596644622.0