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Large explosion in Beirut - hundreds reported injured

Postby Merni » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:39 am

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-53656220
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-middle-east-53656328
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/large-explosion-rocks-lebanon-capital-beirut-200804153400078.html

There has been a large explosion in Beirut ahead of a verdict in a trial by a UN tribunal on the death of its former PM, Rafik Hariri, in which four Hezbollah members are the suspects. The Health Minister of Lebanon has said that there are a large number of injuries and much damage. The port area of Beirut, where the explosion occurred, has been closed to allow fire and ambulance services to rush to the scene. Some reports say the explosion was preceded by, or caused by, a fire at a fireworks factory or warehouse.
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:46 am

It's really sad how Lebanon's ended up. The country is basically a failed state, people cant even buy food, and then one day two huge explosions destroy blocks of Beirut.

I'm pretty certain this was a terror attack. Two blasts, in a country in turmoil? Wouldn't surprise me.
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Postby Kargintina the Third » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:48 am

Borderlands of Rojava wrote:It's really sad how Lebanon's ended up. The country is basically a failed state, people cant even buy food, and then one day two huge explosions destroy blocks of Beirut.

I'm pretty certain this was a terror attack. Two blasts, in a country in turmoil? Wouldn't surprise me.

It was a fireworks factory
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Postby Dresderstan » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:48 am

I'm calling it a terrorist attack, it's the most likely outcome.
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:48 am

https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-midd ... 20%251%24s

Sounds like there was a second explosion at the former residence of Saad Hariri. The news is starting to suggest this was indeed terror related.
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Postby Merni » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:49 am

Kargintina the Third wrote:
Borderlands of Rojava wrote:It's really sad how Lebanon's ended up. The country is basically a failed state, people cant even buy food, and then one day two huge explosions destroy blocks of Beirut.

I'm pretty certain this was a terror attack. Two blasts, in a country in turmoil? Wouldn't surprise me.

It was a fireworks factory

It could be pretty easy to spark a fire at a fireworks factory, just pointing out. Now isn't the time for speculation.
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:49 am

Kargintina the Third wrote:
Borderlands of Rojava wrote:It's really sad how Lebanon's ended up. The country is basically a failed state, people cant even buy food, and then one day two huge explosions destroy blocks of Beirut.

I'm pretty certain this was a terror attack. Two blasts, in a country in turmoil? Wouldn't surprise me.

It was a fireworks factory


There coincidentally was two blasts that both were fireworks accidents...

...oh and the one sent cars flying. Sure, I totally believe it was "fireworks." I believe that about as much as I believe Jeff Epstein killed himself.
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A terror attack, possibly?

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Lebanon's state-run NNA news reports that a major fire broke out in a warehouse used for storing firecrackers, near Beirut's port, and strong explosions were heard shortly afterwards.

Wedeman said the cause of the blast was "still not clear -- if it was fireworks, as some news sources are saying -- they are some damn big fireworks."

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Postby Heloin » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:52 am

-Astoria- wrote:A terror attack, possibly?

More likely an industrial accident or a firework accident.
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:54 am

Heloin wrote:
-Astoria- wrote:A terror attack, possibly?

More likely an industrial accident or a firework accident.


https://youtu.be/JIc3Q4unk2Y

"Fireworks"
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Postby The Alma Mater » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:54 am

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Lebanon's state-run NNA news reports that a major fire broke out in a warehouse used for storing firecrackers, near Beirut's port, and strong explosions were heard shortly afterwards.

Wedeman said the cause of the blast was "still not clear -- if it was fireworks, as some news sources are saying -- they are some damn big fireworks."


Well, that is possible. Fireworks destroyed a significant part of a city a few years back.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensched ... s_disaster
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:55 am

The Alma Mater wrote:
-Astoria- wrote:


Well, that is possible. Fireworks destroyed a significant part of a city a few years back.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensched ... s_disaster


Thats possible?
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Postby Vassenor » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:57 am

Borderlands of Rojava wrote:
Kargintina the Third wrote:It was a fireworks factory


There coincidentally was two blasts that both were fireworks accidents...

...oh and the one sent cars flying. Sure, I totally believe it was "fireworks." I believe that about as much as I believe Jeff Epstein killed himself.


Sounds like tunnel vision - once you've convinced yourself it's terrorism you refuse to countenance other ideas.
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Postby The Alma Mater » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:57 am

Borderlands of Rojava wrote:
The Alma Mater wrote:
Well, that is possible. Fireworks destroyed a significant part of a city a few years back.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensched ... s_disaster


Thats possible?

Fireworks destroying cities ? Sure. They are explosives.

To quote the article:

A total of 400 homes were destroyed and 1500 buildings damaged. The first explosion had a strength in the order of 800 kg TNT equivalence, while the strength of the final explosion was within the range of 4000–5000 kg TNT.[3] The biggest blast was felt up to 30 kilometres (19 mi) away

"Fireworks". They go boom.
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Postby Heloin » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:58 am

Borderlands of Rojava wrote:
Heloin wrote:More likely an industrial accident or a firework accident.


https://youtu.be/JIc3Q4unk2Y

"Fireworks"

Fireworks are bombs and munitions made to look pretty. If you have a warehouse or factory full of fireworks you have a massive bomb.
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Postby Merni » Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:58 am

Just pointing out here that any discussion of a cause at this point - whether terrorist or otherwise - is mostly speculation.
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:00 am

Merni wrote:Just pointing out here that any discussion of a cause at this point - whether terrorist or otherwise - is mostly speculation.


Indeed. We'll have to wait and see what happened. Right now the facts are as follows. There were explosions. That's all we know.
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Postby -Astoria- » Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:02 am

Merni wrote:Just pointing out here that any discussion of a cause at this point - whether terrorist or otherwise - is mostly speculation.
Very much so; it's still developing, so all we can really do now is wait & see.

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Postby State of Turelisa » Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:06 am

The explosion that was caught on camera was awesome. (I use the word in its original root meaning, not as a synonym for admiration.)

https://imgur.com/s8deMYr

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Postby Middle Barael » Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:07 am

Borderlands of Rojava wrote:It's really sad how Lebanon's ended up. The country is basically a failed state, people cant even buy food, and then one day two huge explosions destroy blocks of Beirut.

I'm pretty certain this was a terror attack. Two blasts, in a country in turmoil? Wouldn't surprise me.

Agreed. We need to find some solution to their hyperinflation crisis, and fast, and we need to try to get Hezbollah out of the country. I mean this happened right before the verdict of a UN trial on Hezbollah members, and Hezbollah is very active in Lebanon (they attacked Israel just a few weeks ago), so I am almost positive that Hezbollah is responsible. And unfortunately since Hezbollah is so entrenched in the Lebanese government, you can't fight them without fighting all of Lebanon; it's like trying to attack the Republicans without fighting the whole US.
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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:13 am

State of Turelisa wrote:The explosion that was caught on camera was awesome. (I use the word in its original root meaning, not as a synonym for admiration.)

https://imgur.com/s8deMYr


I thought Beirut got nuked when I first saw the footage on Instagram. The blast was huge.
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Borderlands of Rojava wrote:
State of Turelisa wrote:The explosion that was caught on camera was awesome. (I use the word in its original root meaning, not as a synonym for admiration.)

https://imgur.com/s8deMYr


I thought Beirut got nuked when I first saw the footage on Instagram. The blast was huge.

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Postby Borderlands of Rojava » Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:16 am

Kargintina the Third wrote:
Borderlands of Rojava wrote:
I thought Beirut got nuked when I first saw the footage on Instagram. The blast was huge.

Atlas News?


It was the footage with the building and the smoke and then there's a huge blast and the building basically gets blown to pieces, then the camera man turns to run and gets blown down.
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Postby The Huskar Social Union » Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:19 am

State of Turelisa wrote:The explosion that was caught on camera was awesome. (I use the word in its original root meaning, not as a synonym for admiration.)

https://imgur.com/s8deMYr

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