Port of Beirut
Thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate, a compound used in explosives, leaked from torn bags. In the same shed were jugs of oil, kerosene and hydrochloric acid; 5 miles of fuse on wooden reels; and 15 tons of fireworks – in short, every ingredient needed to build a bomb that could devastate a city.
Filmed from the balcony of his office directly opposite the port, it shows flames and smoke rising from what some officials knew were burning explosives. Suddenly there is a huge bang, flying glass and the screen goes black.