Huge fire breaks out at Beirut port a month after massive explosion

A huge fire broke out Thursday at the port of Beirut, sparking fears among residents in the Lebanese capital a little more than a month after a massive blast in the area killed more than 190 people, according to reports.

A military source told Reuters that a warehouse of tires caught fire in the duty-free zone of the port, where a column of black smoke was seen billowing skyward as flames leaped from the ground.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. There were no early reports about any injuries.

TV footage showed firefighters trying to douse the flames at the port, where nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate detonated Aug. 4, setting off the massive explosion that sent shockwaves throughout the city.

About 6,500 people were injured in last month’s catastrophe, which destroyed and damaged thousands of buildings.

The stockpile of ammonium nitrate was stored for years at the port after being confiscated from an impounded Russian cargo ship.

With Post wires

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