The massive explosion that recently shattered the streets of Beirut, Lebanon, caught many off-guard. People were simply going about their days as the shockwave swept through the city. One bride was in the process of filming an outdoor photo session in her wedding gown just as the explosion took place.
Israa Seblani, a doctor who works in the United States arrived in Beirut three weeks ago for her wedding, according to The Guardian. Seblani, who is the bride in the video, was in the city’s Saifi Village with her wedding photographer, Mahmoud Nakib, recording a film of her in her wedding dress as the explosion took place.
Speaking to CNN, Nakib said they heard an explosion and thought it was far away, so they continued filming. As it turns out, that was only the first explosion. “In just one second, the sky turned black and we heard the second explosion,” he said.
The shockwave caused by the explosion created a massive gust through the city, which was caught by Nakib on his film.
“The area I was in – within matter of seconds – it went from beautiful place to ghost town filled with dust, shattered glass and people yelling [and] bleeding. It was like a nightmare scene,” he explained.
“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?” the bride said to Reuters.
Everyone who was out filming with them made their way inside, and they are all safe and unharmed.
“We are still in shock … I have never heard anything similar to the sound of this explosion,” said Seblani.
“There is a lot of damage, many people were killed and wounded. But also if I want to look at us, myself, my husband, the photographer – how we escaped unharmed, I thank God for protecting us.”
The footage has been obtained by Reuters, watch it here:
Image: Screenshot from video