Transcript for At least 100 dead in Beirut explosion
We begin with that massive deadly explosion rocking the capital of Lebanon. Look at that. Wow. All right. We have a live look now at this apocalyptic scene in the city of Beirut this morning. It is just utter devastation. As rescuers search through the rubble, investigators are trying to determine if this is an accident or an act of terror. Ian is tracking all of the latest. Good morning, Ian. Good morning, George. Lebanon's begun three days of mourning as what can only be described as a national tragedy. Lebanon is also in the middle of an economic health and political crisis when one of the biggest explosions ever seen erupts in the capital, Beirut. What happened? Oh, my -- This is the moment the heart of Beirut was shaken to its core. The blast at the city's port sending seismic shock waves through Lebanon's capital picked up by earthquake detection equipment. This video from a local church, livestreaming at the time shows how devastating the blast was. The priest running for cover, as stained glass rained down from above. At least a hundred people were killed and more than 4,000 injured. Already overwhelmed hospitals struggling to care for the The scenes around the city are apocalyptic. I mean, this is more than a catastrophe. President trump offering condolences and aid. Our prayers go out to all the victims and their families. The United States stands ready to assist Lebanon. The president suggesting without evidence that the explosion was an attack. They seem to think it was an attack. It was a bomb of some kind. And Lebanon's prime minister vowing to find whoever is responsible, telling the public that this disaster won't pass without accountability and that those responsible will pay the price. The massive blast caused when 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded, the same material as the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, but reportedly a thousand times stronger. New york-based artist Michelle Abboud shot these videos showing the immediate aftermath saying the entire event was surreal. That's my car. As I'm walking, all of a sudden everything starts shaking and we heard a double bang and before we could think of what to do, everything exploded and when I mean everything, I mean everything. As debris was falling I just hid under a car. The people -- they were literally standing right next to me didn't get so lucky and a lot of them got hit on the head. Some of them died. Reporter: Officials in the disaster-stricken city now searching for answers about what caused the enormous explosion and above all, who was responsible? Reporter: Despite what the president said all fingers on the ground are pointing to a terrible accident, but given the economic mismanagement and corruption this the country investigators are also going to be looking at whether this was just a mistake or perhaps negligence of the worst kind. Amy? A surreal scene there. Ian, thank you.
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