Jenney Thorson

Four days of counting explosions in Beirut

Friday 14 July, 3:30 am: Awoke to planes overhead and another explosion to the south. Apparently anti-aircraft also, red lights coming up from ground. My roommate Meredith heard three bombs so far tonight or three planes … Now Meredith thinks she’s heard four bombs and/or sonic booms. The anti-aircraft go up as red lights and then twinkle white in the sky. It’s still burning away in the south. The anti-aircraft were coming up not only from the south but from a more easterly neighborhood too. We can hear muezzin (call to prayer) singing someplace not too incredibly far away.