A reminder that this blast could not have come at a worse time for Lebanon.
The last story written by our Beirut-based correspondent, Martin Chulov, was about how the country is on the brink of financial collapse.
Coronavirus has compounded longstanding failures of government corruption and financial mismanagement.
Since March, Martin writes, prices of most goods have nearly tripled, while the value of the national currency has fallen by 80% and much of the country has ground to a halt. Those who still have work are surviving month to month.