- A devastating explosion rocked Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, on Tuesday.
- The exact cause of the blast is unknown, but a senior Lebanese intelligence official said that he suspects that confiscated high-explosive materials stored at the port where the explosion occurred are to blame.
- The country’s health minister said that at least 25 people are dead and more than 2,500 people are injured.
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A huge explosion in the Lebanese capital of Beirut Tuesday caused widespread devastation. The number of casualties and the full extent of the damage are still emerging.
Early state media reporting said the blast followed the outbreak of a fire at a fireworks storage facility at the local port, but the director of Lebanese intelligence pointed to highly-explosive materials that had been confiscated and stored in the area.
The exact cause of the terrible blast, which was captured on video, remains unclear.
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The following photos, some of which are GRAPHIC, show the situation on the ground in Beirut.