Dude Ducks Underwater to Dodge Beirut Explosion
In a rarer, lesser-known angle of the insane 2020 Beirut port explosion, we see the cameraman capture not only the moment of the blast but his split-second dive to dodge the incoming shockwave.
One of the worst non-nuclear explosions ever recorded destroyed a Beirut port and left more than half of the city in ruins on August 4, 2020. Tons of ammonium nitrate, a combustible chemical substance that is typically used in agriculture as a high-nitrate fertilizer but can also be used to make explosives, were ignited during the explosion.
The massive explosion killed 218 people, injured 7,000, wrecked 77,000 apartments and uprooted more than 300,000 people in a single moment -- making this dude's split second decision to dive underwater all the more insane.
While water itself doesn't actually protect you from shockwaves, conducting energy waves like any other medium, on-land explosions apparently direct their force upward and outward, so it's possible that him diving underwater at that exact moment had a tangible effect on his personal outcome in the blast. But hey, what do I know. I'm just some dude on eBaums.