However, at the airport, the smoke was not from any fire as initially reported. Instead, the smoke was reportedly due to a malfunction with one of the Middle East Airlines’ electricity generators. The problem was quickly resolved.
According to Welland Power, white smoke from a generator appears “because of un-burnt fuel in the exhaust gas or water in the fuel. The white smoke emitted is diesel that has not been combusted correctly in the engine cylinders or steam from the water in the fuel.”
Nevertheless, people can’t help but shiver at the sight of smoke above Beirut.