The moment a deadly car bomb exploded in downtown Beirut this morning, was captured on tape when the noise interrupted the live broadcast of a television interview program being filmed nearby. The Lebanese Future TV posted the clip, which begins with the sound of a bomb interrupting an interview. After a moment of stunned silence, the stunned host begins to speak again as crew members are visible running around in the background. The entire clip is in Lebanese Arabic, but the moment communicates well enough without translation.
The bomb killed at least five people, including the former ambassador to the United States. Lebanese Finance Minister Mohammed Chatah, a Sunni Muslim, was a critic of Hezbollah, Iran, and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. At least 75 people were also injured in the explosion. Because Future TV's studios were so close to the site of the bomb in the center of the city, news crews from the station arrived at the scene minutes later. The station later broadcast footage of victims, still on fire from the blast, as others walked around in shock in the wake of the explosion.
(Video found via Slade Sohmer and Reddit.)
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