A HUGE explosion has killed at least 100 people and left more than 4,000 injured after the blast devastated parts of Lebanon’s capital Beirut.
Pictures show buildings destroyed, people walking wounded, and a sea of wreckage after the blast that could be heard some 125 miles away in Cyprus.
It has been reported the blast in Lebanon – which created a mushroom cloud – was a fifth the size of Hiroshima World War 2 bombing.
Lebanon’s state news agency NNA and two security sources said the blast had occurred in the port area where there are warehouses housing explosives, reports Reuters.
Nearby buildings around the port have been levelled, windows and doors have been blown out, and fires burn as smoke plumes billow across Beirut, with Brits said to be caught up in the disaster.
The Government Palace – the home of Lebanon’s PM Hassan Diab – was damaged in the blast, and his wife and daughter were injured in the explosion.
Mr Diab said: “What happened is a major national catastrophe and the scenes we see tell about the scale of the disaster that struck Lebanon and Beirut.”
Security sources have revealed that 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in the warehouse are to blame for the blast, while a welder is claimed to have sparked the fire that led to the explosion.
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