Protests in Beirut amid public fury over massive blast
Police fired tear gas and clashed with demonstrators in Lebanon’s capital onSaturday, at the start of a planned protest over this week’s massive explosionthat devastated large parts of Beirut and killed more than 150 people.Thousands of people poured into Beirut’s main square, where they set upsymbolic nooses to hang politicians whose corruption and negligence they blamefor Tuesday’s explosion at the Port of Beirut.
The huge blast was caused bythousands of tons of ammonium nitrate improperly stored at the port for morethan six years, apparently set off by a fire.
Volunteer Suzie Cooper describes what it was like rescuing people andassessing half-toppled buildings in the aftermath of the Beirut explosion inearly August. She spoke with the PA news agency just hours before the Lebanesecapital was hit by a second disaster - a huge fire in the port just a monthafter the blast.
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A huge fire has broken out at the Port of Beirut, triggering panic amongresidents a month after a massive explosion at the site in Lebanon. It was notimmediately clear what caused the fire at the facility, which was decimated bythe explosion on August 4 when nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitratesdetonated. A column of black smoke billowed from the port with orange flamesseen leaping from the ground.
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The catastrophic blast in Beirut led to the widespread devastation of Lebanon's capital city and has left at least 154 dead. A fire at the port acted as a catalyst in the explosion of thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate. According to CNN, a mining company in Mozambique says it was originally the intended recipient of the material. But the ammonium nitrate never made it to Mozambique. Instead, it was kept at Beirut's port for over six years before exploding earlier this week.
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