An explosion at a factory in the town of Burj al-Barajneh in the southern suburb of Beirut killed four people on Monday afternoon, according to the National News Agency in Lebanon (NNA).
NNA reported that a loud bang was heard in the area of Burj al-Barajneh. The explosion took place at the “al-Shami” plant for the production of water heaters.
The agency did not specify the cause of the explosion. Local media reported that a tank exploded while workers were welding on it at the factory.
A video clip circulating on social media shows three bloodied bodies on the floor in a dark room.
The explosion damaged cars parked outside the factory as tanks flew out.
Multiple factories and companies have stockpiled fuel in residential areas as the crisis-stricken country continues to experience an unprecedented fuel shortage crisis.
Two weeks ago, at least 20 people were killed and 79 others injured after a fuel tanker exploded in the Tleil area of Lebanon’s Akkar region, according to the Lebanese Red Cross.
Images shared on social media showed several ambulances transporting burn victims from the explosion to hospitals in the area.
The Lebanese Red Cross said its teams recovered 20 bodies from the blast site in the northern village of Tleil and evacuated 79 people injured or burnt in the blast.