12:02 PM PT — Lebanon’s Minister of Health says at least 30 people are dead and around 2,500 injured from the explosion.
Beirut looks like an atomic bomb went off, after a massive explosion rocked the city and left hundreds of people severely injured.
Several videos captured the terrifying moment Tuesday in the Lebanese capital — where, at first, a port-adjacent building simply appeared to be on fire with smoke billowing up. Suddenly, a massive explosion erupted from the site … sending a huge mushroom cloud into the air … along with debris and shockwaves.
It immediately engulfed the area … and people were screaming in horror at the sight. The scene was frighteningly similar to watching the Twin Towers fall on 9/11 — although it’s unclear yet if the Beirut explosion was a terrorist act.
Lebanese news agencies have reported it started with a fire in a building housing fireworks — but other reports say there were high-powered explosives in there.
Based on the size of the blast, the latter makes more sense.
Originally Published — 11:51 AM PT