Confusing, devastating, disastrous: these were some of the words people in and around Beirut used to describe a huge explosion that ripped through the Lebanese capital, killing dozens of people and wounding thousands more.
The explosion at Beirut’s port on Tuesday was felt across the city and beyond, causing widespread damage and spreading panic. Authorities have launched an investigation to determine what had caused it.
Al Jazeera spoke to survivors and witnesses in the immediate aftermath of the explosion. Here is what they had to say.