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Lebanese confront devastation after massive Beirut explosion

Death toll in Beirut explosion rises to 78
Posted at 9:31 AM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 09:31:09-04

BEIRUT (AP) — Beirut residents are confronting a scene of utter devastation, a day after a massive explosion at the port rippled across Lebanon's capital.

The blast killed at least 100 people, wounded thousands and left entire city blocks flooded with glass and rubble.

Smoke was still rising from the port, where a towering building of silos was half destroyed, spilling mounds of grain.

Authorities say at least 100 people were killed and 4,000 wounded.

The toll was likely to rise as more bodies are being pulled from the rubble.

It's unclear what caused the blast, which appeared to have been triggered by a fire and struck with the force of an earthquake.