The giant explosion stopped, the fire completed the destruction. A port silo collapsed in Beirut | World

According to the AP agency, the northern part of the grain warehouse collapsed on Sunday after what sounded like an explosion. Clouds of dust and smoke soon engulfed the surrounding area.

The fifty-year-old and 48-meter-tall giant silo withstood the force of the blast and protected the western part of Beirut from the blast, which in 2020 it killed over 200 peopleinjured more than 6,000 people and severely damaged entire neighborhoods.

In July, a fire broke out in the northern part of the silo caused by stored grain. Firefighters and soldiers of the Lebanese army were unable to extinguish the element, which continued to smolder for several weeks and released a stench into the surrounding towns. The Environment and Health Ministries last week issued instructions to residents living near the port to stay indoors in well-ventilated areas.

French engineer Emmanuel Durand, who signed on to a government-appointed team of experts, told the AP that the northern part of the storage facility had been tilting since the day of the explosion, but the fire had weakened its fragile structure and hastened its collapse.

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