Sussex firefighters to hold minute’s silence for Beirut

Firefighters across East and West Sussex will hold a minute’s silence for the people of Beirut today (August 7).

Friday, 7th August 2020, 12:33 pm

In a show of solidarity after the terrible explosion on Tuesday (August 4), crews will commemorate those who died at 3pm.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said, “Today at 3pm we will observe a minute’s silence to commemorate firefighters and others who tragically lost their lives in Beirut.

“Our deepest sympathy goes to friends, families and colleagues of those who tragically lost their lives or were injured.”

The aftermath of the Beirut explosion (Getty Images) SUS-200708-122647001

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said, “We will be observing a minute’s silence alongside fire and rescue services around the world in memory of all of those who lost their lives in the explosion in Beirut.”

At least 137 people are reported to have died after the devastating blast in Lebanon’s capital city.

Five thousand more are said to be injured, and thousands of people’s lives have been affected.

The explosion shook the Lebanese capital and was felt hundreds of miles away (Getty Images) SUS-200708-122658001

The explosion took place in Beirut’s port and was reportedly caused by the unsafe storage of ammonium nitrate.

A huge fireball and white cloud sent a shockwave across the city, with shop and apartment windows smashing up to two miles away, and the blast felt as far as Cyprus, 120 miles from Beirut.

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