Huge fire breaks out at Beirut port a month after explosion

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BEIRUT (NewsNation Now) — A huge fire broke out Thursday at the Port of Beirut, triggering panic among residents a month after the massive explosion.

A store of oil and tires at Beirut port caught fire on Thursday, a military source told Reuters.

The fire erupted in the duty-free zone of the port, sending a huge column of smoke above the city. The military source said the cause of the blaze was not immediately clear.

There were no immediate reports of injuries but some residents drove out of the city, still traumatized by the Aug. 4 blast that killed about 190 people.

“I am forced to get them out of Beirut from the smoke and the fire that is happening at the port again,” said Majed Hassanein, 49, who was taking his wife and two children by car.

He said his son was still suffering shock from the blast that ruined a swathe of the capital near the port and shattered windows across the city.

Television footage showed firefighters trying to douse the blaze at the port, where warehouses and concrete grain silos were shattered by the Aug. 4 blast.

The Aug. 4 explosion injured around 6,500 and damaged thousands of buildings in the Lebanese capital. The sight of another huge fire a month later created panic among residents traumatized by last month’s explosion.

The blast was caused by a huge store of ammonium nitrate that had been kept at the port in poor condition for years.

This is a developing story.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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