A massive explosion has shaken Lebanon’s capital Beirut, wounding a number of people, destroying buildings and causing widespread damage.

A massive explosion has shaken Lebanon’s capital Beirut, wounding a number of people, destroying buildings and causing widespread damage.

A massive explosion has shaken Lebanon’s capital Beirut, destroying buildings, wounding a number of people and causing widespread damage.
The afternoon blast shook several parts of the capital and thick smoke billowed from the city centre and appeared to have been triggered by a fire in a warehouse.
It destroyed homes and offices around the port and shattered windows across the city.
Beirut local Fady Roumieh was among a large number of Twitter users to post videos of the explosion.
The explosion appeared to be centred around Beirut’s port area and an Associated Press photographer witnessed wounded people laying on the ground nearby.
Lebanon’s Health Minister Hamad Hasan told Lebanese television station LBC the detonation caused a “very high number of injuries” and extensive damage.
The cause of the fire and the explosion are unclear and its not yet known if there are any casualties, however some local TV stations reported the blast was inside an area where firecrackers had been stored.
More to come.
ABC/wires

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