Causes of Beirut explosion revealed

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At least 80 people were killed and 4,000 wounded in a massive explosion that shook the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Tuesday, Lebanon’s health minister said.

▪ It’s still unclear what exactly caused the explosion, centered on the city’s port area. It was earlier blamed on a fire that broke out.

▪ Lebanon’s Prime Minister said an investigation would focus on an estimated 2,750 metric tons of the explosive ammonium nitrate , stored at a warehouse.

▪ A CNN senior international correspondent said the blast felt like an earthquake, while one witness said she had never felt an explosion like it in the city.

Explosion caused by “confiscated high explosive material,” Lebanese official says.

Major General Abbas Ibrahim, of Lebanon’s General Security Directorate, said the massive blast that shook Beirut’s port area on Tuesday was caused by confiscated “high explosive materials.”

It would be “naive to describe such an explosion as due to fireworks,” Ibrahim told Lebanese TV.

Beirut explosion in Lebanon has been reported to have been caused by confiscated explosives in a warehouse. Israeli government has denied involvement in the explosion.

The explosion was captured by citizens in the Lebanon capital
Senior security officials say the explosion in Beirut may be linked to “highly explosive” confiscated materials being stored in a warehouse.

The PM declared Wednesday a day of mourning, and hospitals are seeking blood donations. At least 10 people are reported dead.

Hospitals are full with the injured and the government is appealing for blood donations.

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