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Beirut explosion: At least 50 dead, thousands injured in blast

Added 08-05-20 01:36:03am EST - “The country's health minister said more than 3,700 have been wounded following the blast at the city's port, where warehouses are believed to contain explosive materials.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Massive explosion rocks Beirut: At least 50 die and thousands injured”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

One of the world's biggest-ever peacetime explosions tore through the port in Beirut last night, killing at least 78 people, injuring thousands more and laying waste to a large part of the Lebanese capital.

More than 2,750 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate, the main ingredient in fertilizer bombs, detonated when a fire apparently sparked by a welder spread to the warehouse where it had been stored for six years.  

Apocalyptic scenes saw a thick red-orange mushroom cloud envelop streets surrounding the port, where buildings burned and emergency crews frantically searched the rubble for survivors. 

Damaged hospitals were last night creaking under the strain of more than 4,000 casualties wounded by the blast,  which was even heard 125 miles away in Cyprus. 

The head of Lebanon's Red Cross said: 'What we are witnessing is a huge catastrophe. There are victims and casualties everywhere.' 

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