Shock Wave

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INCREDIBLE SURVIVAL STORIES FROM THE BEIRUT BLAST ZONE

On a hot summer evening in August 2020 in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, a catastrophic explosion ripped through the city.

Years of dysfunctional government had allowed a huge stockpile of dangerous chemicals to be locked up in a warehouse only metres from homes and businesses. When a large amount of ammonium nitrate exploded, it looked like a scene from a disaster movie, but it was very real. The scale of the destruction was overwhelming and the human toll heartbreaking – over 200 deaths, 6,500 injuries, in excess of US$7 billion in property damage, and an estimated 300,000 people homeless.

As the shocking event unfolded, people around the city captured the moment, and its aftermath, on their phones. These videos soon went viral.

A frightening insiders’ view that pieces together the story of the explosion, this gripping investigation tracks down many of the people who filmed the blast as well as those who were dramatically shown on screen. From a bride posing for her wedding photos when the explosion erupted, to divers at sea struck by the blast wave, to the young doctor tending to a woman in labour as the windows exploded in, each has an extraordinary story of survival.

Using previously unseen footage, this must-see report also tracks the final minutes of the emergency responders who had no idea what they were walking into.

As vast numbers suffer the ongoing physical and financial effects from the horrific blast, their pain, grief and anger is immense.

A Four Corners story

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Four Corners
Australian Broadcasting Corporation