An enormous explosion near the hub of Beirut killed almost 73 people as well as 3700 injured and transmitting shockwaves all around the Lebanese capital, breaking glass in homes and resulting in apartment terraces to fall.

The explosion happened in the city’s port area, where there were stations housing explosives, Lebanon’s state news agency NNA said. a security source said there were chemicals stocked in the region.

Footage of the explosion shared around by citizens on social media indicated a column of fog surging from the port district pursued by an enormous blast. Those who filming what originally seemed to be a large flame were thrown behind by the shock.

U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said reporters it was not instantly clear what the reason was, and that there was no evidence of any injuries to any U.N. staff.

“We do not have information about what has happened precisely, what has caused this, whether it’s an accidental or manmade act,” he said.

The U.S. Pentagon said: “We are aware of the explosion and are concerned for the potential loss of life due to such a massive explosion.”


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