New York Times correspondent Vivian Yee, from Beirut:
I was just about to look at a video a friend had sent me on
Tuesday afternoon — “the port seems to be burning,” she said — when my whole building shook. Uneasily, naïvely, I ran to the
window, then back to my desk to check for news.
Then came a much bigger boom, and the sound itself seemed to
splinter. There was shattered glass flying everywhere. Not
thinking but moving, I ducked under my desk.
When the world stopped cracking open, I couldn’t see at first
because of the blood running down my face.
A remarkable tale of kindness and humanity amidst chaos, confusion, and suffering — all the more incredible that Yee wrote it within hours.
More photos from the Times here, and Apple News has a good roundup of reports, photos, and firsthand videos from the explosion.
★ Wednesday, 5 August 2020