Huge Fire in Beirut Port Just Over a Month After Explosion Destroyed the City

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It has been reported that a fire has broken out at the Beirut port, just one month after a devastating explosion destroyed the city…

Just 4 weeks after the shocking blast, the residents of the Lebanese capital are faced with yet another grave problem.

At around 6 pm local time, a sudden and devastating explosion ripped through Lebanon’s capital city.

Filmed by a witness standing around 10km away from the blast, the mushroom-cloud explosion could be seen rocking nearby buildings, shattering windows, and demolishing everything in its path.

And, as they did, the realization of the severity of the situation began to slowly sink in.

Leaving nearly 300,000 people homeless.

But it has since been confirmed that at least 190 people have died, with a further 6,500 people suffering from grave injuries.

But it later emerged that a huge cache of ammonium nitrate, an explosive compound commonly used in the construction of bombs, had been stored at the building in which the blast had occurred.

And was then placed at the explosion site, according to top Lebanese officials.

And it was this fire that is believed to have triggered the explosion of the ammunition.

In a televised statement, Prime Minister Diab was quoted as saying: “I will not relax until we find the responsible party for what happened, hold it accountable and apply the most serious punishments against it because it isn’t acceptable that a shipment of ammonium nitrate – estimated to be 2,750 tons – was in a depot for the past 6 years without precautionary measures being taken.”

In which people could be seen wandering around, dazed and disoriented, amongst the crumbling builds and smoking rubble.

A once vibrant and bustling metropolis now lay in smoke and tatters.

It is going to take Beirut years to recover from this.

Beirut’s residents have been faced with yet another devastating event.

Yet another fire has broken out.

“Insane fire at the port, causing a panic all across #Beirut. We just can’t catch a break.”

It has been reported that the Lebanese army have been drafted in to help fight the fire alongside the emergency services, and helicopters have been seen over the city carrying large buckets of water to attempt to douse the blaze.

But, of course, panic is rife, and some residents have been seen getting into their cars with the intention of leaving the city.

But a source from the Lebanese military told Metro that the fire started in a warehouse being used to store oil and tyres.

Our thoughts go out to the people of Beirut.