A huge fire has broken out at the same Beirut port that was the site of a massive, deadly explosion one month ago, according to multiple reports, but the cause remains unknown while residents, scarred by the previous blast, are said to be in a state of panic.
Oil and tires being kept at the port caught fire, according to Reuters.
The cause of the fire is unknown, according to multiple reports, and sent a billowing column of smoke into the sky.
Video of the fire was being shared on social media:
The army said it was not immediately clear why the oil and tyres had erupted in flames and said it was sending helicopters to help bring the fire under control. Television footage showed a helicopter dropping water on the blaze.
The blaze erupted in the duty free zone of the port, sending a huge column of smoke above a city still traumatised by the explosion on Aug. 4 that killed about 190 people and injured 6,000 people.
The head of Lebanon’s Red Cross, George Kettaneh, said there was no fear of another explosion as a result of the flames and said there were no injuries, although he said there were some people suffering from shortness of breath as a result.