At least 73 were killed and over 3,700 injured following two enormous explosions that devastated the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Tuesday.
The explosion sent shockwaves across the city, causing widespread damage.
Lebanon Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded in the Beirut port warehouse. “It is unacceptable that a shipment of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate has been present for six years in a warehouse, without taking preventive measures and endangering the safety of citizens,” he said.
In a video, a column of smoke was seen rising into the sky while distant buidings left shaken, sending a shock wave through the city.
President Michel Aoun called for an emergency cabinet meeting on Wednesday and said a state of emergency should be declared in Beirut for two weeks.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump said that the Lebanon explosion appeared to be a terrible attack.