Wounded people evacuate after a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 4, 2020.
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Updated: August 5, 2020 6:51 AM EDT | Originally published: August 4, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

A massive explosion rocked the capital city of Lebanon on Tuesday, causing widespread destruction and loss of life. At least 100 people were killed in the blast and more than 4,000 others were injured, according to the Associated Press.

As the dust settled around Beirut’s port, believed to be the site of the explosion, photographers captured a city now covered in rubble and broken glass. The blast was so powerful that it overturned cars, damaged buildings and buried victims, the AP reported.

The cause of the explosion is as yet unknown, but the chief of Lebanese General Security, Abbas Ibrahim, said that it could have been confiscated explosive material that was being stored at the port, the AP reported.

The massive explosion shook a country already grabbling with an extended economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. The AP reports that Beirut hospitals were quickly overwhelmed.

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Pink smoke rises following the explosion.
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A picture shows the scene of the explosion near the the port.
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A car is damaged after the explosion.
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The facade of a building is shattered following a massive explosion in Beirut's port.
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Lebanese army soldiers stand while a helicopter puts out a fire at the scene of the explosion.
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An injured woman lies on the sidewalk aided by bystanders after the explosion.
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A view of damages at a house in the Burj Abu Haidar area after the explosion.
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Wounded people evacuate after a massive explosion in Beirut.
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A wounded woman helps another injured person get into the backseat of a car following the twin explosion.
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An elderly woman is helped while walking through debris after the explosion.
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An injured man waits for help at the scene of the explosion.
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