At least 25 people have been reportedly killed in a massive explosion that rocked Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday.
Over 2,500 people have been wounded, according to Health Minister Hamad Hassan.
The explosion blew out windows in buildings and got cars flying in the air near the port in the Lebanese capital.
Footage from the incident saw the staggering street in ruins and smokes as ambulances, military vehicles and cars packed attending to the wounded.
CNN quotes an eyewitness who described the scene as "like an apocalypse."
The initial report blamed the explosion on a fire at a warehouse for firecrackers near the port, according to NNA.
Later, the general security directorate said without details that the explosion was caused by 'high explosive materials'
At least, 10 firefighters were reportedly missing, the city's governor Marwan Abboud likened the scene to 'Hiroshima and Nagasaki'
Abboud said, "In my life, I haven't seen destruction on this scale, this is a national catastrophe."
A nearby hospital was destroyed. The number of casualties may well rise as they clear the debris.
A nearby resident described the scene like an equake, adding that "my son was screaming because it was the first time he heard of such a blast"
"It is massive damage, it is horrible. The street is horrible, I didn't go near the explosion, but it was like a war zone. Destruction all over, houses, cars, people screaming, some children searching for their parents," she said.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.