Shortly after 6 p.m. of 4 August 2020, I was in my office located in the museum building (Post Hall) of the Mediterranean‐facing campus of the American University of Beirut when I felt what was like a strong but short‐duration earthquake. A couple of seconds later, a bang followed. I stood up and went to one of my windows trying to figure out what was going on, and unexpectedly I was blown away to the inside where I found myself under the rubble of a collapsed office and shattered glass. The epicenter of the colossal explosion was the now‐infamous Hangar‐12...

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