Windows and balconies across the city were destroyed by the shockwave.
Lebanese healthcare minister Hamid Hasan claimed that the blast did huge damage to the city's infrastructure, including residential and governmental buildings.
Social network users share photos and videos, with some assuming that the death toll may be huge.
Huge explosion in Beirut pic.twitter.com/oJfFkwutEI— Rana M. Harbi @RanaHarbi August 4, 2020
The government still has not revealed any number of casualties.