WATCH | Large blast in Beirut port area shakes Lebanon's capital
A large explosion shook the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday, after which a giant column of smoke was seen rising over the city, Reuters witnesses and local media reported.
Two security sources and a witness said the blast occurred in the port area containing warehouses.
The blast ripped through several areas of the capital, shattering windows and doors - and wounding people.
Lebanon's health minister Hamad Hasan said the explosion in central Beirut had caused a "very high number of injuries" and extensive damage, local LBC television quoted him as saying.