Just weeks after an explosion decimated the area, a massive fire breaks out in the rubble of Beirut's port
- Giant columns of black smoke and red flames leaped from the steel wrecks of the port of Beirut this afternoon
- A supply of oil and tires went up in flames, the army said, but it is not yet clear what caused the inferno
- Firefighters put out the fire as Army helicopters circled overhead, dropping buckets of water
- It comes just 37 days after an ammonium nitrate explosion in the port that killed 190 people and injured 6,500
Just 37 days after an explosion that decimated the city, a massive fire broke out in the rubble of Beirut's port.
A pillar of black smoke and red flames leapt from the steel wreck this afternoon after a supply of tires and oil ignited, the Lebanese army said, although it is unclear what caused the inferno.
Firefighters and army helicopters are on hand to put out the flames.
Panicked residents opened windows and called each other to warn them of the new fire while nearby offices evacuated their employees.
An inferno raged in the port of Beirut on Thursday afternoon, just 37 days after the city was struck by an explosion
Firefighters extinguish the burning tire and oil warehouse in Beirut's destroyed port on Thursday
An army helicopter drops water on the fire in the Beirut port area this afternoon
Fire engines extinguished the flames in Beirut harbor on Thursday after tires and oil caught fire
Smoke rises from Beirut's port area of Lebanon on Thursday
Black smoke rises from Beirut's port on Thursday from burning tire and oil supplies
One resident films a huge column of black smoke rising into the air to the left of the harbor, and another cameraman nearby catches the fire
Lebanese troops blocked the main road near the port and diverted traffic to other areas.
Police spokesman Colonel Joseph Msalam said they had no information about what was happening in the port, adding that the facility is currently under Army control.
When asked about reports that the fire was caused by burning tires and oil, he said, “I don't know. It could be containers. I really don't know what's there. & # 39;
It added that firefighters were involved in the fire.
The August 4 ammonium nitrate explosion killed more than 190 people, injured around 6,500 and damaged thousands of buildings in the Lebanese capital.
The sight of another large fire a month later caused panic among citizens traumatized by last month's explosion.
Flames and smoke rise from burning camps in the seaport of Beirut in Lebanon as the fire continued tonight
The fire is burning and smoke is rising from burning camps in the seaport of Beirut in Lebanon tonight
Firefighters put out a fire in a warehouse in the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, as smoke rises and the fire burns into the night
Black smoke pervades the air in Beirut on Thursday, just 37 days after an ammonium nitrate explosion struck the city
Black smoke pours out of Beirut's port on Thursday, panicking workers in nearby office buildings
Firefighters extinguish the inferno in the port of Beirut on Thursday afternoon
Black smoke rises from the destroyed harbor today. It is not yet clear what caused the fire
Black smoke is rising from Beirut's port this afternoon
A huge column of black smoke and red leaping flames could be seen between the steel wrecks this afternoon. It is not yet clear what caused the fire
Black smoke fills the horizon in Beirut on Thursday and causes panic among traumatized locals
Smoke from a huge fire in the port of Beirut on Thursday
The fire raged in the devastated port of Beirut on Thursday
Firefighters put out the fire on Thursday as Army helicopters circled overhead
A fire raged amid the steel wreckage caused by last month's explosion
Greenpeace warned residents of the Lebanese capital to protect themselves from “toxic” smoke after a large fire broke out in a port warehouse in Beirut, allegedly storing tires.
"When tires are burned, a lot of fine dust particles, visible smoke and ashes, but also a lot of volatile organic pollutants that can be inhaled outside the cloud of smoke," say the environmental activists.
"The smoke can contain highly toxic and carcinogenic compounds, soot and other particles and acidic gases," he warned.
Greenpeace advised all residents to stay home and wear masks and repeated similar advice from a Lebanese university professor in the early afternoon.
"To protect yourself from smoke, please close the windows on the fire," warned atmospheric chemistry specialist Najat Saliba on Twitter.
"If you don't have windows, leave the plastic open."