Comment: Update 5 August 2020 - 08:30 CET

The death toll has reached 100 people, with around 4,000 people wounded.

The entire city of Beirut is reporting injuries and damage. Hospitals are barely functioning, following months of Covid-19 lockdown, mass lay-offs, hyperinflation and power blackouts. The city's population is around 2.5 million people, so it may take many days before something approximating a final death toll can be established...

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A MASSIVE explosion in Beirut on 4 Aug was felt for miles around.
At least two explosions in the Lebanese capital of Beirut have occurred near the city's main port area.

Videos from around the city captured the massive explosion and subsequent shockwave Tuesday evening.

A powerful blast has just rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut. The cause of the massive explosion is as yet unknown.

But multiple social media videos from various angles shows it happened during daylight hours Tuesday, in the late afternoon or early evening local time.

Images show that a massive shockwave flashed over the city, followed by an immense fireball that appeared several stories high.

It happened near Beirut's port and there are unverified reports of a secondary explosion as well.

Lebanese media is currently speculating that a large fireworks depot exploded, given it's in the vicinity of an area where firecrackers are known to be stored.

Comment: Regarding the above claim: it's complete horsesh*t. In other words, Lebanese PRIVATE media (i.e., Fake News) reported that.

It's as yet unknown how many casualties have resulted as no doubt a massive emergency response is underway.

Indeed close-up images just before the larger blast shows a large complex on fire, with either ammunition or fireworks going off, followed by the intense shockwave.

The AP describes the aftermath:
The explosion appeared to be centered around Beirut's port and caused wide scale destruction and shattered windows miles away.

An Associated Press photographer near Beirut's port witnessed people wounded on the ground and widespread destruction in central Beirut.

Some local TV stations reported the blast was at Beirut's port inside an area where firecrackers were stored.
It's reported caused widespread damage in all surrounding neighborhoods.

Lately the southern Lebanese border has been scene of brief fighting between the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Hezbollah.

Tel Aviv has recently warned Lebanon that it will be held responsible for any Hezbollah aggression.