Lebanon: Sections of Beirut's Blast-Stricken Grain Silos Collapse

Lebanon: Sections of Beirut's Blast-Stricken Grain Silos Collapse


Sections of Beirut’s grain silos collapsed on Sunday after weakening during a weeks-long fire caused by recent high temperatures that fermented the silos’ grain stores, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported, noting that the silos were infamous for shielding much of western Beirut from an August 2020 port explosion and sustaining partial damage from the blast themselves.

“AFP correspondents said a cloud of dust covered Beirut’s port, while local media reported that two towers fell in the heavily damaged silos’ northern section, where a fire has been burning for more than two weeks,” the news agency reported on July 31.

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“Footage of the incident showed part of the silo crumbling and a large cloud billowing up after debris hit the ground,” AFP relayed.

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