President Michel Aoun cites possible “rocket or bomb or other act”
UPDATE: 8/7 1136 EST. Lebanese President Michel Aoun says their government will not rule out “external interference” for the cause of the Beirut explosion. “The cause has not been determined yet. There is a possibility of external interference through a rocket or bomb or other act,” reported Reuters.
UPDATE 8/5 0600 EST Lebanon’s Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi told a local TV station that it appeared the blast was caused by the detonation of more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in a warehouse at the dock ever since it was confiscated from a cargo ship in 2014. Witnesses reported seeing an orange cloud like that which appears when toxic nitrogen dioxide gas is released after an explosion involving nitrates.
UPDATE. 8/4 1425 EST. Reports blast was explosion at Nezbollah missile storage facility…reports The Gateway Pundit.
But now there are conflicting reports including a report at Al-Hadeth that claims the massive explosion was a Hezbollah warehouse in Beirut for missiles from Iran.
A massive blast at a reported fireworks warehouse has rocked the port city of Beirut in Lebanon. Many are dead and the area looks like a ware zone with walking wounded according to local media.
An AFP correspondent at the scene says every shop in the Hamra commercial district sustained damage, with entire shopfronts destroyed, windows shattered and many cars wrecked, reported The Times of Israel.
Injured people are walking in the street, while outside the Clemenceau Medical Center, dozens of wounded people, many covered in blood, rush to be admitted to the center, including children. Destroyed cars were abandoned in the street with their airbags inflated.
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