In pictures: Huge explosion rocks Beirut



Smoke rises after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday, August 4. This image was obtained from a video on social media.

From Karim Sokhn/Instagram/Reuters

Updated 1:51 PM ET, Tue August 4, 2020

Smoke rises after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday, August 4. This image was obtained from a video on social media.

From Karim Sokhn/Instagram/Reuters

An explosion in the Lebanese capital of Beirut has injured large numbers of people, authorities say, and damaged buildings for miles.

The source of the blast was initially believed to be a major fire at a warehouse for firecrackers, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The explosion blew out windows in buildings across the city. A red cloud hung over the city as firefighting teams rushed to the scene.



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