‘Oh my God, oh my God, come in and close the window!’: Harrowing moment video of couple in the port of Beirut capturing the explosion of the moment as big as a small nuclear bomb that destroys the city and the camera let fly
- Images captured by a couple are believed to have been taken closest to the Beirut explosion
- It shows the billowing clouds of smoke from a warehouse fire on Tuesday
- An initial explosion is then seen, followed by a larger, devastating explosion
A couple who thought they were filming a horrible accident in Beirut harbor captured the moment they were sent after a small nuclear bomb explosion that ripped apart their nearby apartment.
The terrifying images are believed to be the closest to the devastating explosion in the Lebanese capital, killing more than 145 people, injuring thousands and leaving tens of thousands homeless.
The explosion was caused when a fire created a stock of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that the authorities left in a warehouse for six years.
A couple close to the warehouse when the fire broke out caught the billowing clouds of smoke from their balcony before a first explosion went off, sending frightened residents to flee.
Moments later, the main blast takes place, causing the pair to rewind.
Images believed to have been made closest to the devastating explosion in Beirut show the fire that caused the explosion
When the fire is observed, the woman remarks, “Is it possible that these cars are so close?”
‘How should I know that?’ her partner replies.
“So unfortunate, hopefully nothing happened to anyone, dear God,” she notes. “Dear God, hopefully no one has been injured.”
Then she says, “We’re giving you something live now.”
“Live news,” her husband adds.
Then she says in Arabic, “Seriously. Why is no one filming except us? ‘
In the video you can hear a low rumble and the woman is concerned when she says: ‘What kind of sound is that? Go in, go in! Imad, go in there. ‘
The smaller explosion can be seen in the video, with sparks flying into the sky as the woman calls her husband to enter.
“Oh poor thing! Dear God! Poor thing!’ one can hear her say. “This is a great thing, dear God, hopefully no one is hurt.”
Then she asks her husband to come in and close the door.
But he continues to film the scene until the last, huge explosion, which both deteriorate.
The couple were reportedly injured in the explosion, but both escaped with their lives.
The husband continues to film the scene until the last, huge explosion makes them both roll backwards
The Tuesday-night explosion, the size of a small nuclear bomb, killed at least 137 people and injured another 5,000.
It is now thought that there are 300,000 homeless and that the widespread damage is estimated at up to $ 5 billion – including a 120-meter cruise ship that capsized as a result of the explosion.
Cypriot police say they questioned a Russian man about alleged ties to a ship and the charge of ammonium nitrate that is believed to have caused the devastating explosion.
The explosion threatens to rekindle anti-government protests in Lebanon that have been going on since last year on charges of deep-seated incompetence and corruption.
Emmanuel Macron offered French support to the Lebanese people during his visit to Beirut on Thursday, but warned that the country would “continue to sink” unless leaders implement reforms.