Four dead, several injured in Beirut fuel tank explosion

Another explosion rocks Beirut killing four people and leaving more wounded as a fuel tank explodes in Lebanese capital – two months on from blast that destroyed the city’s port

  • Fuel tank explosion caused a large fire to break out in the Tariq al-Jadida area
  • Several people have been treated for smoke inhalation, Red Cross confirmed 
  • Comes months after a cataclysmic explosion killed 203 people on August 4

Beirut was hit by yet another explosion today, killing four and wounding several more as it sent shockwaves through Lebanon’s capital.

A fuel tank explosion in Lebanon’s capital caused a large fire to break out in the building in the Tariq al-Jadida neighborhood, a security source said.

Several people have been treated for smoke inhalation after the blast and more than 20 people were taken to hospital, local media reported.

Flames could be seen billowing in the street as onlookers scream in panic.

Beirut was hit by yet another explosion today, killing four and wounding several more as it sent shockwaves through Lebanon’s capital (rescue efforts pictured)

A fuel tank explosion in Lebanon's capital caused a large fire to break out in the building in the Tariq al-Jadida neighborhood, a security source said (rescue efforts pictured)

A fuel tank explosion in Lebanon’s capital caused a large fire to break out in the building in the Tariq al-Jadida neighborhood, a security source said (rescue efforts pictured)

Several people have been treated for smoke inhalation, the Lebanese Red Cross confirmed. Pictured: A child being rescued after the explosion

Several people have been treated for smoke inhalation, the Lebanese Red Cross confirmed. Pictured: A child being rescued after the explosion

More than 20 people were taken to hospital after today's blast - as flames billowed in a street as onlookers can be heard screaming in panic, local media reported

More than 20 people were taken to hospital after today’s blast – as flames billowed in a street as onlookers can be heard screaming in panic, local media reported

It comes just two months after a cataclysmic explosion in Beirut killed 203 people on August 4.

At least 6,000 people were injured in the earlier blast, which devastated whole neighborhoods and was blamed on highly explosive ammonium nitrate kept in poor storage conditions for years.    

That blast came as Lebanon struggles with its worst financial crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war and political strife, compounded by the coronavirus pandemic.

The government resigned over the explosion and it was announced that several ministers and former ministers were to be questioned by a prosecutor.

‘The interrogations will begin with former public works minister Ghazi al-Aridi,’ the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

‘If a shortcoming or negligence on the part of one of the questioned ministers is found, the judiciary will have to state that it does not have jurisdiction to sue them,’ the official explained.

Firefighters and rescuer workers evacuate people from their apartments after a fuel tank exploded in Beirut's Tariq al-Jadide neighbourhood

Firefighters and rescuer workers evacuate people from their apartments after a fuel tank exploded in Beirut’s Tariq al-Jadide neighbourhood

Members of Lebanese Civil Defence and firefighters use a ladder to evacuate people from their apartments today

Members of Lebanese Civil Defence and firefighters use a ladder to evacuate people from their apartments today

Security forces take measures after a fuel oil tank exploded in a residential area in Beirut

Security forces take measures after a fuel oil tank exploded in a residential area in Beirut

Firefighter teams extinguish fire in a building after a fuel oil tank exploded on Friday

Firefighter teams extinguish fire in a building after a fuel oil tank exploded on Friday

People are seen standing outside apartment buildings after a fuel tank exploded in Beirut's Tariq al-Jadide neighbourhood

People are seen standing outside apartment buildings after a fuel tank exploded in Beirut’s Tariq al-Jadide neighbourhood

The chief prosecutor will then have to transfer their file and connected evidence to parliament because the jurisdiction lies with a special council in charge of suing ministers and presidents.

The official said the current minister of public works would also be questioned in coming days.

Several other former public works ministers, current and former ministers of finance and justice, will also be brought in, he said. 

Multiple ladders were used by rescue workers to save people after the fuel oil tank exploded in Beirut today

Multiple ladders were used by rescue workers to save people after the fuel oil tank exploded in Beirut today

Rescue workers were forced to scale the ladders in a bid to pull people out of the apartments following the blast

Rescue workers were forced to scale the ladders in a bid to pull people out of the apartments following the blast

And last month, another explosion rocked the capital as a column of smoke erupted over a suspected Hezbollah arms depot with several people feared injured. 

The September blast was caused by a ‘technical error’ and had caused a number of injuries. 

The Iran-backed group is heavily armed but its political wing has been a major player in Lebanese governments in recent years, and efforts to recover from the Beirut blast have been hampered by Hezbollah’s insistence on holding onto key ministries.

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