Lebanese Yasmin Mussalam Al Masri was starting to teach gymnastics when she noticed today’s explosion in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. She and the students were in a commercial building about 10 minutes away from the epicenter of the accident.
“A student commented that she was feeling the building tremble and started to scream, saying that there was someone knocking on the door, trying to push. When I left the door, I saw everything white,” she told CNN. “The entire glass of the building fell on the balconies. Leaving there, the traffic was huge, horrible energy, broken cars, injured people.”
Yasmin, who has Brazilian relatives and therefore speaks Portuguese, reported the presence of a very thick and very strong red smoke.