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August 04, 2020

Beirut Explosion

Updated below

At about 15:00 UTC today a large explosion happened at a quayside building in the port of Beirut, Lebanon.

It was followed by a fire and crackling sound that may have come from multiple secondary explosions, probably from fireworks: vid, vid, vid

A few minutes after the first explosion another very, very large one happened which also caused a huge shockwave: vid, vid, vid

Second explosion and shockwave

The explosion could be seen and heard from several miles away: vid

The second explosion as seen from sea: vid, vid

The second enormous explosion blew out many windows and caused serious damage within many structures as well as outside: vid, vid, vid

There are many casualties.

What exploded is not yet known.

The quayside warehouse to the east of a grain silo is where the explosion occurred.


This rumor in Beirut is that this was an accident at a fireworks facility. To me it seems that the first explosion may indeed have been of fireworks. The crackling small explosions after the first explosion point to that.  But the second explosion was way too large for fireworks and must have been of something else.

This may also have been something other than an accident.

This comes at a time where more than half of the people in Lebanon live below the poverty line after a Ponzi scheme run by the Central Bank crashed the Lebanese currency and economy. Many people will not have enough money to pay for new window glass which will be hard to come by as the demand will now be extremely high. It also comes in the mid of the Coronavirus epidemic which currently ravages Lebanon and Syria.

On Friday a UN backed international tribunal will deliver its verdict over four men related to Hizbullah who are accused of planting the truck bomb that murdered the former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri some 15 years ago. The incident could be related to it.

This post will be updated when new information comes in.

As of 17:00 UTC there are still several fires burning in the port area. The grain silo is severely damaged.  Other warehouses were completely destroyed. The military is using helicopters to fight the fires. Hundreds of cars were tossed around and damaged. Some high rises have lost their whole seaside fronts. vid, vid, vid

Preliminary reports speak of at least 18 killed and more than 400 injured.

17:30 UTC:

This sounds like someone did something stupid and may thus be true:

Abby Sewell @sewella - 15:56 UTC · 4 Aug 2020

Lebanese Army source just told me no cause confirmed yet for explosions in Beirut but possibly a "container of fireworks was burning and the fire spread to reach a nitrate warehouse that led to this massive explosions."

Dalal Mawad لال معوض @dalalmawad - 17:04 UTC · Aug 4, 2020

Head of General Security says the blast was caused by a fire in a depot of highly explosive material, including Sodium nitrate, at Beirut's port. He said that material was confiscated from a ship months ago and stored there. #Lebanon

Nitrate in its various forms can be highly explosive. There have been several large nitrate incidents over time.

From an expert:

GeorgeWilliamHerbert @GeorgeWHerbert - 16:44 UTC · Aug 4, 2020

Regarding tragic giant explosion in Beruit; several videos show large fireworks fire then large red smoke combustion that rapidly detonates. This is characteristic of ammonium nitrate fertilizers fires that detonate as Lebanese army suggested.

Another set of views. Slowed down, I can see three distinct explosions; first one from fireworks about 30 seconds before others. Second is bright, large red cloud immediately rising, but no large shockwave. Very shortly after that is very sharp shockwave from same area. - video

We’ll be measuring effects for some time, but my impression is first fireworks explosion was soft - large white cloud and some roof debris, small explosive yields (tons TNT equivalent); second red cloud tens of tons TNT equivalent, third was kiloton(s) equivalent.

18:00 UTC:

The damage throughout Beirut is huge. The sound of the explosion was heard and felt as far away as Cyprus, 240 kilometers / 150 miles away. A main facility of the EDL (Electricité du Liban) has been destroyed. Instead of several hours of electricity per day Beirut may now have none. The port is obliterated. The grain silos are destroyed. Lebanon depends on imports for nearly everything. There will be huge shortages of bread and everything else throughout the next months.

Most large shop windows in the main shopping district were blown out. The owners fear that their shops will be looted tonight.

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Thanks Carlton Meyer for those very good documentaries you post and produce.

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Aug 6 2020 0:55 utc | 201

About OKC ANFO stories...many experts say and first reports said that the building was rigged with demolition charges and that the truck with ANFO was a ringer. Real, but not capable of the task... The task was, inter alia, to destroy the whitewater investigation evidence - all moved to the coincidence.

For myself, I subscribe to the idea that Beirut was a negligent accident. Sometimes a cigar is simply a cigar.

Posted by: Walter | Aug 6 2020 8:02 utc | 202

Posted by: arby | Aug 5 2020 20:46 utc | 199

That means the backend database for the site has hit connection limits. Probably because many people are trying to connect at the same time. The site operator needs to up the connection limit threshold and probably upgrade the site capacity too.

Posted by: Traiano Welcome | Aug 6 2020 8:15 utc | 203

CONFIRMED- Beirut was a Nuclear Strike

All the Hasbara Trolls can go pound kosher salt up their _____.

InvestigationsThe Gordon Duff Files
Breathtaking: Case Closed, Infrared Video Reveals Details of Israeli Nuclear Missile
The video and stills are far better than any evidence accepted by teh 9/11 Commission.

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor -August 6, 2020132365

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

At 6 seconds into the 30 second video, the detailed outline of an Israeli nuclear missile is seen. The video clearly shows the trajectory, the missile itself and the impact.

Frame 1 Beirut

Frame 2 Beirut (nose cone glowing white from heat, major proof of video authenticity)

Frame 3 Beirut

Thermal image of nose cone, proof of authenticity

Nose cone of missile, hot from reentry as a thermal image (proof 2)

The LORA at 33 feet, nuclear capable, sea launched, one possibility

Or it might be a large, single stage MD620, which are still in use, but updated dozens of times with increased range and accuracy
Case closed.

Posted by: Michele Baillie | Aug 6 2020 23:44 utc | 204

Michele Baillie @204

YouTube wasted no time silencing that video. Duff is likely onto the truth there, then.

Posted by: William Gruff | Aug 7 2020 1:44 utc | 205

the video is fake.... video editing at work...

Posted by: james | Aug 7 2020 1:49 utc | 206

Ollie Richardson (see twitter) says>
"At the “Yuzhny” port in Odessa, about 10,000 tons of ammonium nitrate are stored in an open-air berth. This is 4x more than what blew up other day in Beirut."

Posted by: Walter | Aug 8 2020 14:59 utc | 207

@ walter... willie beat you to it commenting on the belarus thread

"Maybe the venezuelan authorities should investigate their harbour's depots looking for ammonitrate as well.It makes the perfect alibi for an israeli missile attack.When the next missile hit Odessa,Bandar Abbas and Maracaibo might be on the list too.

Articles on Beirut on Agoravox ,a French citizen media website,arboring many comments,but the space to comment does not open to me,how come?

This is really out of bounds.Fukus and Israel threatens Lebanon,for over a month,lebanese government accused Israel for menacing its citizens,Netanyahoo showed the world some hangars to hit a few years ago,because of Hezbollah.Now that it happens everybody is on denial.I just do not understand.Just compare the explosion in Syria ,about five months ago,with the one in Beirut Port.

Posted by: willie | Aug 8 2020 9:23 utc | 42"

Posted by: james | Aug 8 2020 15:35 utc | 208

Quote from an article by Pepe Escobar on Unz yesterday:

Saudi intel – which has access to Mossad, and demonizes Hezbollah way more than Israel – steps in. All the intel ops I talked to refuse to go on the record, considering the extreme sensitivity of the subject.

Still, it must be stressed that a Saudi intel source whose stock in trade is frequent information exchanges with the Mossad, asserts that the original target was Hezbollah missiles stored in Beirut’s port. His story is that Prime Minister Netanyahu was about to take credit for the strike – following up on his tweet. But then the Mossad realized the op had turned horribly wrong and metastasized into a major catastrophe.

Posted by: vector | Aug 9 2020 9:37 utc | 209

I find it interesting that not one single person on all the blogs like this has not blamed the Iranians or Hezbollah.They got you hypnotized.Like conditioned
Only the Lebanese themselves are rising up against them.

Posted by: anon | Aug 10 2020 6:10 utc | 210

Posted by: anon | Aug 10 2020 6:10 utc | 210

That's because blogs like these are generally filled with people who hold truth and factual accuracy as a higher ideal than ideology.

However, we're interested in hearing your fact-based, logical argument for why blame should be apportioned to Iran and Hezbollah.

Question to you if you can answer it: Why should we blame Iran and Hezbollah rather than say Israel and the CIA ?

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Aug 11 2020 13:50 utc | 211

Posted by: mohsen | Aug 11 2020 12:35 utc | 211

A translation to English would be nice ...

Posted by: Arch Bungle | Aug 11 2020 13:50 utc | 212

@Posted by: mohsen | Aug 11 2020 12:35 utc | 211

It´s a spam in hair implants...maybe some dudes here could find of any use...It is said Turkey is a superpower on this issue...

Posted by: H.Schmatz | Aug 11 2020 14:32 utc | 213

There is a hint here.

Posted by: Mina | Aug 11 2020 15:14 utc | 214

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