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The closest I can think of to Beirut, an accidental explosion damaging a large part of a port city, is the Halifax explosion in 1917. A ship loaded with explosives for World War I went off.

Apparently, the Halifax explosion was the equivalent of 2.9 kilotons to Beirut's 1 kiloton first guess. Halifax wiped out buildings at roughly a half mile radius and resulted in about 2000 killed.

My sister once visited Halifax. The explosion still leaves scars.
It turns out that the explosion involved a cache of ammonium nitrate and other infamously-unstable chemicals that Hezbollah hoarded in Lebanon.