At least 78 people were killed and 4,000 wounded in a massive explosion that shook the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Tuesday, Lebanon’s health minister told Reuters.
- It’s still unclear what exactly caused the explosion, centered on the city’s port area. It was earlier blamed on a fire that broke out.
Lebanon’s Prime Minister said an investigation would focus on an estimated 2,750 tons of the explosive ammonium nitrate, stored at a warehouse for six years.
- A CNN senior international correspondent said the blast felt like an earthquake, while one witness said she had never felt an explosion like it in the city.–CNN