A store of tyres and oil were on fire at Beirut port on Thursday, a Lebanese military source said, sending a huge column of black smoke over the Lebanese capital a month after a devastating blast at the port.
Since then, the military and global experts have been working to locate and remove any other unsafe chemicals being stored in warehouses around the country and removed 4.35 tonnes of highly explosive ammonium nitrate near the entrance to the shattered Beirut last week.
Clouds of dark smoke spilled into the sky above the capital, and were visible from its suburbs, after the army said the fire broke out in a warehouse containing oil and tyres. No casualties have been reported.
A civil defence official after sundown told Lebanese television most of the fire, which had sent a massive column of black smoke rising over Beirut, had been put out.
"I am forced to get them out of Beirut from the smoke and the fire that is happening at the port again", said Majed Hassanein, 49, who was taking his wife and two children by auto.
"Flammable materials like this take time to be completely extinguished", he said. Helicopters were dousing the flames. It added that firefighters are dealing with the blaze.
Standing on a sidewalk near the port, passersby looked on at the fire, some in stunned silence, others irate.
The Aug. 4 explosion killed more than 190 people, injured around 6,500 and damaged thousands of buildings in the Lebanese capital.
Na at least 190 people na im di 4 August explosion kill and more than 6000 pipo wound wen 2,750 tonnes of siezed ammonium nitrate wey dem bin store inside one port warehouse for nearly seven years explode. After an emotionally charged three days, the search was called off, extinguishing hopes of locating a missing person. We are working here in Beirut every day to help people.
Thursday's fire comes after another, smaller fire started at the port earlier this week.
The scandal forced the government to resign.
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Lebanon has rejected an global investigation into the explosion, but its probe is being aided by foreign experts, including from the American FBI and France.
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