Thick Plumes of Smoke Rise From Downtown Beirut After Massive Explosion

A massive explosion rocked downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday, August 4. The cause of the explosion was not yet clear at the time of writing.

Videos of thick smoke rising amid buildings have circulated on social media, as well as footage described as showing interior damage.

This footage of an explosion and thick smoke rising after the blast was posted by Al Jazeera English journalist Timour Azhari.

An early report from the Associated Press said that a number of people were injured in the blast. Credit: Timour Azhari via Storyful