The explosion was so powerful that it damaged streets and buildings for miles. The whole town was rocked by the blast, which began with a fire in the port that exploded into a mushroom cloud. President Michel Aoun reveals that 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate had been stored dangerously in a warehouse for six years.
Many companies reported to be in ruins, especially as the explosion hit close to Downtown Beirut, where the popular businesses are located. Indeed, according to Vogue Arabia, the headquarters and ateliers of internationally renowned couture houses Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad were confirmed to have been devastated, along with fine jeweler Ralph Masri’s new boutique, located on Weygand Street.
“Weygand Street is lined with luxury boutiques such as Rolex, Panerai, and Pomellato. The building housing the offices of Mariana Wehbe Public Relations is a further casualty as is the store belonging to makeup artist Hala Ajam” continues the same source.
The blast left at least 100 dead and more than 4,000 injured according to a provisional toll announced by the country’s prime minister. He has scheduled an urgent cabinet meeting for Wednesday, and announced that a two-week state of emergency should be declared. The country will observe a three-day official mourning period from Wednesday.