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Explosion in Beirut electricity grid, authorities call for evacuation of nearby homes

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An explosion erupted Tuesday night in the main transformer of Beirut’s electricity grid, according to several reports, with authorities calling for the evacuation of nearby homes in fear of another explosion due to the presence of large fuel and diesel storages.

The incident took place in Beirut's Tariq al-Jadida neighborhood area, with plumes of smoke rising in the air, according to one video being shared online.

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Crews were able to quickly put out the fire and prevent it from spreading to nearby fuel tanks and gas storages, the Lebanese Civil Defense said in a Facebook post, adding that no injuries were reported.

The latest incident comes just several days after at least 20 people were killed and 79 others injured after a gas tanker exploded in the Tleil area of Lebanon’s Akkar region, according to the Lebanese Red Cross.

The two explosions come as Lebanon faces a severe fuel shortage that has been blamed on smuggling, hoarding and the cash-strapped government’s inability to secure deliveries of imported fuel.

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