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Beirut explosion: more than 50 dead and 2,750 wounded, says Lebanon health ministry – live updates

Interior minister says ammonium nitrate likely caused at least one explosion amid reports hospitals too damaged to treat patients

  • Full report: huge explosion in Beirut
  • ‘We’re cursed’: shock and despair as explosion devastates city
  • Beirut explosion – in pictures

The cause of the explosion is still unconfirmed, but Lebanon’s interior minister has said stores of ammonium nitrate likely caused the blast.

If that is the case, there are some parallels with the 2015 Tianjin explosion in China, which saw a series of massive explosions shatter windows and tear the facades off of buildings.

Here are photographs taken by the Washington Post’s Sarah Dadouch, from the first apartment I lived in in Beirut, on Gouraud Street in the neighbourhood of Gemmayzeh:

Two explosions in central Beirut pic.twitter.com/xItmpFJaly

My street is drenched in darkness. All the windows are blown out and all people inside seem to have left. But one neighbor left a candle in his empty living room and I cannot explain how much calm its small light keeps lending me. pic.twitter.com/P5lkSKfYPn

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