The capital of Lebanon, Beirut, was rocked by a massive explosion on Tuesday evening, with footage from the ground showing significant damage and plumes of smoke rising above the city.
There were two explosions at the Beirut’s port, potentially injuring dozens. A huge cloud of black smoke was engulfing the entire port area, according to the AFP.
The loud blasts in Beirut’s port area were felt across the city and beyond and some districts lost electricity.
Firefighters were seen battling flames at the scene of the blast and it is not yet known what caused the explosions.
“Buildings are shaking,” tweeted one resident, while another wrote: “An enormous, deafening explosion just engulfed Beirut. Heard it from miles away.”
Online footage showing blown out windows, scattered furniture and demolished interior paneling.