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'That was an atomic bomb': NBA reporter deletes explosive tweets after claiming devastating blast in Lebanon was nuclear

Added 08-04-20 03:37:02pm EST - “Scathing critics on social media have savaged an NBA expert after he denied that a huge explosion in Beirut was from a factory explosion, instead insisting that the vast mushroom cloud from the blast was a result of atomic means.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “'That was an atomic bomb': NBA reporter deletes explosive tweets after claiming devastating blast in Lebanon was nuclear”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

As a shocking video showed a building collapsing in flames under an enormous cloud in the port area of the city, NBA reporter Chris Palmer told his Twitter following of almost 114,000 that the disaster was not the fireworks explosion that had been suggested by some Lebanese media outlets.

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Viewers had suggested that fireworks had been visible as the explosion happened, while Lebanon's National News Agency reported a fire had caused the catastrophe at an explosives depot.

"Lebanese media says it was a fireworks factory. Nope. That’s a mushroom cloud. That’s atomic."

He added a follow-up tweet doubling down on his theory, insisting there was "no question" it was an atomic bomb. 

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