A massive explosion near the site of a fireworks warehouse rocked Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday morning though the cause was not immediately clear. The damaging and terrifying blast, which sent a red mushroom cloud far into the sky, was captured in videos shared to social media. More than 50 are dead and thousands more are injured.
CNN reports: “Local news reported large numbers of wounded people. Many buildings were damaged by the explosion, including the headquarters of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and CNN’s bureau in the city. A red cloud hung over Beirut in the wake of the blast as firefighting teams rushed to the scene to try to put out the fire. Homes as far as 10 kilometers away were damaged, according to witnesses, and local media video showed cars destroyed and flipped over.”