A truck loaded with gas cylinders exploded on the Beirut-Jounieh highway in Lebanon after it caught fire, a video shared on social media showed.
The explosion was heard in the areas surrounding Zouk Mosbeh but the incident happened in Kaslik area.
The driver fled the scene when the truck caught fire and attempts to communicate with him were unsuccessful, and the driver’s phone is switched off.
Two nearby cars were damaged, but no injuries were reported. The civil defense brought the fire under control, but it reportedly had reached a nearby apartment and damaged electrical cables which caused a power outage.
Traffic on both lanes of the highway came to a complete standstill, with traffic from Beirut toward Jounieh more affected.