Lebanon Explosions: Everything Devastated Within 2 Kilometres Of Blast In Beirut

Beirut Governor Marwan Abboud has estimated that up to 3,00,000 people have been left homeless by the explosions.

Sohil Nikam

August 6, 2020

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The massive blasts that took place in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday have left a trail of devastation that’s hard to comprehend. The twin blasts, the second among which caused the maximum damage, devastated everything within 2 kilometres of their radius. Moreover, witnesses said that their homes located 10 kilometres away from the site were also damaged. Beirut Governor Marwan Abboud has estimated that up to 3,00,000 people have been left homeless by the explosions.

The cause of the massive second explosion in Beirut can be linked to the 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been confiscated by the government from an abandoned ship. This material was stored at the port without proper safety measures in place. The incident started when a fire was detected in the Port of Beirut. The first blast was triggered by fireworks that were stored in the warehouse. The second blast took place when the fire reached the cache of ammonium nitrate.

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