Warehouse Storing Explosives Blamed for Beirut Explosion
The Lebanese government believes the explosion that ripped through Beirut on August 4 originated from a warehouse in the Port of Beirut.
BEIRUT — The explosion that ripped through Beirut on August 4 is believed to have originated from a warehouse in the Port of Beirut, according to multiple reports citing the Lebanese government.
The death toll has risen to at least 135 people killed and 5,000 wounded throughout the city, according to multiple reports citing Lebanon's health minister in an interview with Al Manar television. The port's grain silos, which stored 85 percent of Lebanon's grain, were also destroyed.
The explosion almost entirely razed the waterfront district and caused extensive damage to hospitals, residences, businesses and schools within what satellite images show is a roughly 1.5-kilometer radius.
The New York Times reports that the blast cut off electricity in most of the city, which impeded rescue workers. Various cultural sites reported damage, including the Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque. The city's St. George Hospital also sustained damage but continued trying to care for patients.
TomoNews is your best source for real news. We cover the funniest, craziest, and most talked-about stories on the internet. If you're laughing, we're laughing. If you're outraged, we're outraged. We tell it like it is. And because we can animate stories, TomoNews brings you news like you've never seen before.
You Idiot! - People doing stupid things
Recent Uploads - The latest stories brought to you by TomoNews
Thanks for watching TomoNews!
Like TomoNews on Facebook ►► http://www.facebook.com/TomoNewsUS
Follow us on Twitter ►► @tomonewsus http://www.twitter.com/TomoNewsUS
Follow us on Instagram ►► @tomonewsus http://instagram.com/tomonewsus
Subscribe to TomoNews ►► http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-TomoNews
Watch more TomoNews ►► http://bit.ly/MoreTomoNews
Visit our website for all the latest videos: http://us.tomonews.com
Check out our Android app: http://bit.ly/1rddhCj
Check out our iOS app: http://bit.ly/1gO3z1f
Get top stories delivered to your inbox every day: http://bit.ly/tomo-newsletter
NEXT ON TOMONEWS
Ancient Mars May Have Been Covered in Ice: Study