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Watch: Massive Explosion at Fireworks Factory Rocks Beirut

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/08/04/watch-massive-explosion-fireworks-factory-rocks-beirut

Kinda small for any LNG tanker? But it sure looks air-fuel?

~https://twitter.com/i/status/1290677258747883520

Atlantic Council, CFR & CAP blames Putin in 5… 4… 3…

~https://www.offshore-mag.com/geosciences/article/14069069/lebanon-offering-more-offshore-blocks-as-majors-prepare-to-start-drilling

My initial reaction was about the munitions explosion in Halifax NS harbor when two ships collided, one carrying thousands of tons of explosives. Up until August 1945, this explosion had been the largest in history.
At this point, like many of the ship-related groups I belong to, we immediately shut down any speculation. Like much else in life, we may never know the cause and reason. All we can do is mourn the dead and pray for the living.

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Independent journalist Rania Khalek lives and works in Beirut. Here she tweets a thread of images and comments. She is ok, but it was close.

ttps://twitter.com/RaniaKhalek/status/1290690409996398597