Sun rises in Beirut after explosion a fifth the size of Hiroshima kills 100.

THE massive explosion which killed at least 100 people and left 4,000 injured in Lebanon's capital Beirut is feared to have been started by a reckless welder.

Shocking pictures show flattened buildings, the walking wounded, and a sea of rubble in the wake of the explosion which could be heard 110 miles away in Cyprus.

More than 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate detonated when a blaze apparently spread to the warehouse where it had been stored for six years.

Security sources reportedly now claim a welder sparked the initial fire that in turn ignited the chemicals - causing a blast the fifth the size of Hiroshima.

Ammonium nitrate is mainly used as a fertilizer, but has also been linked to terror attacks after being used in homemade bombs.

General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim said it had been confiscated years earlier, reportedly from a ship.

Up to 250,000 people have been left homeless by the explosion which caused around £5bn of damage, say reports.

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Beirut explosion – Blast a fifth the size of Hiroshima kills 100 as ‘welder ignites 2,700 tons of explosive chemicals’

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