Massive Blast in Beirut Kills at Least 73, Injures 3,700

By Kyodo News 5 August 2020

CAIRO—At least 73 people died and about 3,700 were injured Tuesday after a massive explosion in downtown Beirut that shattered windows and caused apartment balconies to collapse, Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan said.

While the cause of the explosion was not immediately known, local media citing the country’s authorities said that ammonium nitrate stored at the city’s port may have triggered the blast.

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