BEIRUT: Two massive explosions in Beirut killed at least 10 people, wounded hundreds and caused extensive damage across the Lebanese capital.
The blasts took place at the city’s port area and were so large the explosions were felt in Cyprus 200 kilometers away.
Buildings across the city were damaged, with windows blown out and ceilings collapsed.
Lebanon’s health minister Hamad Hasan said the explosion caused a “very high number of injuries.”
Lebanese Red Cross official Georges Kettaneh said there had been hundreds of casualties, including dead, wounded. He said many people remained trapped in their homes.
The cause of the blast remains unknown. An Israeli official told Reuters that the country had nothing to do with the blasts.
Lebanon's internal security chief Abbas Ibrahim said the explosions took place in a section of the port housing highly-explosive materials.
He declined to speculate about the cause of the explosion in Lebanon's capital, saying “we cannot preempt investigations.”
Prime Minister Hassan Diab declared a day of mourning for Wednesday.
Here is a link to one video of it. Unsure if it requires a NSFW warning. Looks damn big if you ask me.