DAY 1 – August 4, 2020, at 6:08 pm
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A massive explosion rips through the Port of Beirut, sending shockwaves across the country, reverberating 240 kilometers away. Those who took cover, reel out, stunned at the devastation, wondering if it were an Israeli airstrike, a suicide attack, or a nuclear bomb.
The blast was so powerful that everyone within a 12-kilometer radius felt as if the explosion was right down the street.
Ammonium nitrate, 2,750 tons of it, had been left at Warehouse 12 for six years. Gradually more precarious, the denizens of the city, long subjected to boundless toxicity over many decades, are swallowed up instantly in a spectacular form of violence. Lebanon’s oligarchy, notorious for its corruption, gross abuse of power, and nefarious profiteering at their expense, had now committed mass murder.