Lebanon Explosion

Lebanese flag

Lebanese flag

On August 4, 2020, an explosion rocked the port city of Beirut, Lebanon. At least 171 people died. As many as 5,000 are injured and thousands more are now homeless. The exact cause of the explosion is still unknown, but it started after a fire ignited more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored at the port. 

The 21st checks in with Lebense communities in Illinois as well as someone who is on the ground now. 


Sobhi Baghdadi, Financial Adviser in St. Charles, originally from Lebanon, and attended The American University of Beirut 

Antoine Menassa, Project Engineer in Chicago, originally from Lebanon, Graduated from UIUC (grad) and The American University of Beirut (undergrad) 

Gabrielle Khoury, Khoury’s Cuisine, Lebanese Restaurant, Peoria


Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi

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