No one in Beirut is taking a chance this time — a massive fire is burning again in the city’s port, immediately triggering large-scale evacuations … coming just 5 weeks after that deadly explosion rocked the city.
The Lebanese army reportedly ordered the area evacuated Thursday and major roads leading to the port have been shut down after a huge fire engulfed what officials believe to be a tire warehouse. Although authorities said this blaze would NOT trigger another explosion, people aren’t buying it, and video shows hundreds running like hell to get out of the area.
A reporter tweeted a video showing thick, black smoke filling the air and said, “Some of these buildings still don’t have windows after the #BeirutBlast a month ago and now they are being engulfed by (likely poisonous) black smoke.”
Just over a month ago, in this very same area of the port, 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate had been sitting unsecured for 6 years in a warehouse and exploded. The blast obliterated Beirut and killed more than 190 people and injured nearly 7,000 others.
The images that came following the deadly blast were horrific … including video of a bride taking wedding pics and video moments before the blast.