Imagine: you are getting your picture taken in a beautiful wedding dress in downtown. And then out of nowhere a gust of wind knocks you down and shatters windows all around as the ground shakes like there is a violent earthquake trembling beneath your feet.
The photographer Mahmoud Nakib pans his camera from the bride decked out in a white lace wedding dress to capture the surroundings. The sound of ambulance sirens and the shoveling of glass and rubble could be heard in the video.
The Lebanese government has declared a two-week state of emergency, effectively giving the military full powers during this time after a massive explosion devastated the capital. The government announced the measure during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday. It said it was putting an unspecified number of Beirut port officials under house arrest pending an investigation into how 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate came to be stored at the port for years.
Following the blasts, several locals also reported an orange cloud hanging over the city.
International aid flights began to arrive from different countries, as Lebanon’s leaders struggled to deal with the aftermath of Tuesday’s blast, crippled by an economic crisis and facing a public where many already blame chronic mismanagement and corruption among the ruling elite for the disaster.
Check out the horrific explosion below: