Dramatic storyboard of Beirut port explosion published


A short video of the explosion in the port of the Lebanese capital was published on the Web. A CCTV camera impartially recorded everything that happened on August 4, 2020 in Beirut. The storyboard allowed us to establish step by step how the dramatic events developed on that ill-fated day.


The video shows that at 17:35 local time smoke appears on one of the port's berths. This is the beginning of a fire at a warehouse where ammonium nitrate was confiscated more than six years ago. Gradually, the area of ​​fire has increased, as evidenced by more intense smoke. At about 18:20, a powerful explosion occurs, accompanied by a mushroom cloud. He destroys the port and the adjacent part of the Lebanese capital.




The shots clearly show flashes in the epicenter of the fire. It is clearly visible how the smoke changes color and an open flame appears. The propagation of the shock wave is shown in detail. It sweeps away everything in its path. Various buildings and structures are destroyed, various structures fall and glass crumbles. The camera also cannot withstand the force of impact.






As a result, about 140 people die, there are tens of missing persons, and about 5 thousand receive injuries of varying severity. Several hundred thousand people are being displaced. Serious economic damage estimated at $ 5 billion.

Lebanese authorities said 10 firefighters who tried to extinguish the fire were reported missing. This is not surprising, because the force of the explosion was about 400 tons in TNT equivalent. The part of the quay where the warehouse was located simply ceased to exist. A funnel has formed in its place.


It should be noted that the grain storage next to the warehouse took a significant part of the blow. In fact, it saved many lives and protected the city. However, the grain storage of the state of Lebanon was stored in the elevator, which was destroyed. Now the Lebanese are on the brink of a humanitarian disaster.
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  1. Alexzn Offline
    Alexzn (Alexander) 8 August 2020 13: 16
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    Several hundred thousand people are being displaced. Serious economic damage was inflicted, roughly estimated at $ 5 billion.

    Beirut has about 300 thousand inhabitants. Why do we need tales about hundreds of thousands of homeless people with several dozen destroyed houses? The Lebanese can be understood in their desire to exaggerate the damage, but the media are very irresponsible about such events. Why compare with Hiroshima? Why invent kilotons? Why engage in conspiracy theories.
    1. GRF Offline
      GRF 8 August 2020 15: 39
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      Estimates of the city's population range from 300 to 2 million. This is due to the fact that no census has been conducted in Beirut since 1932.
  2. ImPerts Offline
    ImPerts (Igor) 8 August 2020 13: 17
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    Butterfly effect, mln.
  3. Alexzn Offline
    Alexzn (Alexander) 8 August 2020 15: 47
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    Quote: GRF
    Estimates of the city's population range from 300 to 2 million. This is due to the fact that no census has been conducted in Beirut since 1932.

    I've already seen this quote. Causes a smile. According to a certain list of consumed products, it is possible with a minimum error to determine the number of people living without a census. According to serious estimates, 350 thousand people live in Beirut, 2 million in Greater Beirut.
  4. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 8 August 2020 17: 11
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    A strange point of installation of a surveillance camera, from which only a general view of the distant facades of houses is visible? Here is an explosion location suitable for general shooting. According to history, when the battleship "Empress Maria" was blown up in the roadstead, the photographer also "accidentally" stood with a prepared camera in an advantageous place for shooting and captured both the explosion and the fire on the battleship ... As it was later found out, and was brought to trial a German engineer who worked at the Nikolaev shipyard, and during the current repair of the battleship, he laid a charge in the artillery cellar. A whole agency was created there, and one of the agents captured the "work" and for the report) ... An analogy ?!
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      _AMUHb_ (_AMUHb_) 9 August 2020 21: 17
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  5. Alexzn Offline
    Alexzn (Alexander) 8 August 2020 18: 07
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    Quote: Vladimir Tuzakov
    A strange point of installation of a surveillance camera, from which only a general view of the distant facades of houses is visible? Here is an explosion location suitable for general shooting. According to history, when the battleship "Empress Maria" was blown up in the roadstead, the photographer also "accidentally" stood with a prepared camera in an advantageous place for shooting and captured both the explosion and the fire on the battleship ... As it was later found out, and was brought to trial a German engineer who worked at the Nikolaev shipyard, and during the current repair of the battleship, he laid a charge in the artillery cellar. A whole agency was created there, and one of the agents captured the "work" and for the report) ... An analogy ?!

    Exactly. The one who installed the camera brought in saltpeter 6 years ago, stored it in close proximity to residential areas, hired welders ...
    We do not know for certain whether it was a stationary camera with a fixed angle or it was placed / determined the angle after the start of the fire. In addition, almost all ports are covered by online cameras. In any case, there is no need to engage in conspiracy theories.
    From the very beginning, the flashes that are visible before the explosion were attributed to the warehouse with pyrotechnics - stupidity. It is highly unlikely that there was also pyrotechnics, and it certainly does not start to explode half an hour after the fire. Most likely, the effect of a sparkler may be the result of the collapse of some structures, which raised "dust", nitrate granules into the air, and this, in turn, was a detonator.
  6. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 8 August 2020 20: 51
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    In frames, before the saltpeter exploded, something was torn there for a long time.
    Apparently, they put it in one place for a long time ...

    It seems that Israel is nearby, Hezbollah, other joys ...
  7. Cheburashk Offline
    Cheburashk (Vladimir) 9 August 2020 17: 38
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    Quote: AlexZN
    Several hundred thousand people are being displaced. Serious economic damage was inflicted, roughly estimated at $ 5 billion.

    Beirut has about 300 thousand inhabitants. Why do we need tales about hundreds of thousands of homeless people with several dozen destroyed houses? The Lebanese can be understood in their desire to exaggerate the damage, but the media are very irresponsible about such events. Why compare with Hiroshima? Why invent kilotons? Why engage in conspiracy theories.

    Perhaps the number of those who lost their homes is justified by the fact that a large number of people lived in the family, and in particular apartments, houses!
  8. Alexzn Offline
    Alexzn (Alexander) 10 August 2020 11: 05
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    Quote: Cheburashk
    Quote: AlexZN
    Several hundred thousand people are being displaced. Serious economic damage was inflicted, roughly estimated at $ 5 billion.

    Beirut has about 300 thousand inhabitants. Why do we need tales about hundreds of thousands of homeless people with several dozen destroyed houses? The Lebanese can be understood in their desire to exaggerate the damage, but the media are very irresponsible about such events. Why compare with Hiroshima? Why invent kilotons? Why engage in conspiracy theories.

    Perhaps the number of those who lost their homes is justified by the fact that a large number of people lived in the family, and in particular apartments, houses!

    No, it’s not. Lebanon is not Kyrgyzstan ... Beirut is the richest city and the area adjacent to the port, not inhabited by tramps - the average area of ​​an apartment is 250 m2 and the price is from $ 1 million.