Pump up the Volume II
It was another one of those nights. You fall asleep, cozy in that large, warm bed. There is no need to close the shutters because there are absolutely no lights in the street due to the electricity rationing. The continuous discrete humming of the A/C adds the extra sound and coolness that helps propel you in an even deeper sleep. All you have left are the dreams that can bring about all the fantasies, voyages and unique moments that are only bound by the limits of your imagination. And believe me, mine run wild.
But it seems that I am not even allowed to dream anymore. I would consider myself somewhat of a deep sleeper, but I think the few that can sleep through these sounds are either deaf or drunk. It wasn't even as if someone rammed my door, it was as if someone dropped a two-ton container on my head. I am not joking. This is what the video contains: the loud sound of only one explosion which I knew was going to happen (when I say “here it comes, here it comes”) because it appears on the TV stations focusing their cameras at Dahieh before I hear it. However, what's missing is that awful shock wave which literally eats your bones inside out. That's a feeling that no one wants to feel, trust me.
Just one explosion was enough to wake me up, but I needed 4 more to make me go on the balcony to try and film the sound. My house is some 5-kms away from south Beirut at least. And my balcony faces north, thus making the sound of the explosion a little less powerful than if I was facing directly the beast. I counted some 18 explosions, some louder than others. Again, the only reason why the picture is dark is because we are running out of fuel due to the Israeli blockade on the country and our power plants are not functioning at full capacity. This is why you hear some humming in the background. These are the private generators of the Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel. I nearly forgot, that’s my voice after I wake up crushed by a container and if I don’t make any sense that’s normal.
I will try and get some more footage, hopefully with a direct view of the blast area.