More than 25 person died, and another 2500 injured so far, said the Lebanese minister of health Hamad Hassan, while the severity of the injuries was not immediately clear, and search and rescue teams are still searching for more injured people.

Meanwhile, crossed reports talked about a massive air pollution due to the fumes that occurred from the blast, asking people to stay at home, and use protective masks and not to inhale the fumes.

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Security reports said that fifty tons of ammonia nitrate discharged from a ship about ten years ago in the port of Beirut. This ship was supposed to return to take the seized items, but it never returned for unknown reasons.