The tragic Beirut explosion was caught on camera from a bride’s perspective.
The Beirut Explosion Video
The twenty-seven-second video captured the exact moment of the explosion. The bride was posing outside nearby the site of the horrific explosion. The bride and videographer are seen running for cover as they are pushed back from the blast.
Lebanon’s prime minister says that the cause of the explosion is due to 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse. The blast was equal to a 3.3 magnitude earthquake and killed 135 people and injured 5,000.
Watch the video, below.
Who is the Bride?
The bride in the viral video is 29-year-old Israa Seblani. Seblani is a doctor in the United States and helps the injured that were nearby in Beirut’s Saifi Square.
She and husband, Ahmad Subeih, who is native to Beirut spoke to The Guardian about the whole ordeal.
“I have been preparing for my big day for two weeks and I was so happy like all other girls,” she told the outlet. “I am getting married. My parents are going to be happy seeing me in a white dress, I will be looking like a princess. What happened during the explosion here – there is no word to explain. I was shocked, I was wondering what happened, am I going to die? How am I going to die?”
“We started to walk around and it was extremely sad, it was not describable the devastation and the sound of the explosion,” Subeih said. “We are still in shock … I have never heard anything similar to the sound of this explosion.”
The couple still went on with their wedding celebrations. “My husband told me to continue, we can’t stop,” she explained. “I was like okay, why not, we continue. I was not living the moment actually, I was like walking, my face was smiling, my lips were smiling, that’s it, not more. Then we went to have a dinner.”
Seblani feels blessed that they were some of the lucky ones. “There is a lot of damage, many people were killed and wounded,” she added. “But also if I want to look at us, myself, my husband, the photographer – how we escaped unharmed, I thank God for protecting us.”
“This alone makes me feel optimistic and to keep the joy of the occasion that I came here to celebrate.”