Massive warehouse explosion rocks Beirut, causing thousands of injuries and widespread damage

Massive warehouse explosion rocks Beirut, causing thousands of injuries and widespread damage

At least 3,000 people have been injured and 50 killed. Those numbers are likely to rise with hospitals filling up fast.

Video shows shocking moment of Beirut, Lebanon, explosion

AUG. 4, 202000:49Aug. 4, 2020, 11:45 AM EDT / Updated Aug. 4, 2020, 5:51 PM EDTBy Abbie Cheeseman, Adela Suliman, Matthew Mulligan and Tim Stelloh

BEIRUT — A “colossal” explosion that rocked the port area of Lebanon’s capital on Tuesday, killing dozens and injuring thousands, happened at a warehouse where tons of ammonium nitrate was being stored, the country’s prime minister said.

“I will not rest until we find the person responsible for what happened, to hold him accountable and impose the most severe penalties,” Prime Minister Hassan Diab said.

Diab said it was “unacceptable” that a shipment of ammonium nitrate estimated at 2,750 tons had been in warehouse for six years without “preventive measures” in place to protect it.

It wasn’t clear what ignited the shipment, but at least

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