Pump Up the Volume
This short video (taken by jnbptst on July 17th) gives you a little glimpse of the unnatural sounds we have been hearing in Beirut. In it, you will hear a mixture between a distant explosion and an Israeli F-16 jet fighter flying low after the attack. Keep in mind that the explosion that you see on the screen is some 5-7 kilometers away, at least. Any closer and not only would your windows shatter, but your ear drums would be permanently damaged too. This video only shows you a very little glimpse of the true sounds we are hearing. One important aspect that is also missing is the shock wave of the explosion - a horrible wave which your body feels inside out.
Our biggest problem is that we can never know when an explosion will occur as there are absolutely no warning sirens in the city. You could be walking, driving, eating, bathing or sleeping and suddenly stopped short. And if you think you get used to the sounds, believe me, its impossible. If anything the more you hear them, the more stressful they become. They munch straight through your bones, wherever you are in the city.
I will attempt to gather more videos of the explosions.