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A grandmother played 'Auld Lang Syne' on a piano surrounded by rubble from the Beirut explosion

August 5, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Chaos would be an understatement to describe the scene at May Abboud Melki's house in Beirut on Wednesday evening. Furniture was strewn about, the walls punctured with holes, glass and debris all over the floor.

(CNN)Chaos would be an understatement to describe the scene at May Abboud Melki's house in Beirut on Wednesday evening.

But for a few minutes, the world pause and things seemed peaceful as the 79 year old played "Auld Lang Syne" on the only item seemingly left unscathed -- her beloved piano.

Thankfully, the grandmother wasn't home during Tuesday's massive explosion in Beirut that killed at least 135 people and injured 5,000.

Her husband was also not home, but his store was completely destroyed, according to their granddaughter May-Lee Melki.

It witnessed bullets go through it," May-Lee Melki told CNN from her home in Virginia.

But the destruction, over a mile from the explosion site, was nothing like they've ever seen before, according to their granddaughter.

As soon as May Abboud Melki entered the house, she headed straight to her piano that had been a gift from her father on her wedding day.

As about a dozen volunteers swept up the glass and tried cleaning up the house, she sat at the piano and started playing.

"She pushed through the pain and tried to have a few moments of peace," her granddaughter said.

She started with the classic "Auld Lang Syne," but then started playing Arabic hymns, which prompted the volunteers to gather around and start worshiping.

After May-Lee Melki was sent the video by her mother, she shared it to Facebook, where it's garnered nearly 20,000 shares.

Melki says she felt compelled to share the video because it, "was able to express a symbol of hope and peace among all of the despair. "

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