Explosion in Beruit

Sneakers

Just sneakin' around....
President Michel Aoun tweeted it was "unacceptable" that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was stored unsafely.

 

Dakota

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In the beginning of the video posted by Chris, he says "what the #uck" I guess that is a pretty universal reaction.

That is some Armageddon stuff right there. Truly awful...
 

Merlin99

Visualize whirled peas
PREMO Member
Ammonium Nitrate is an oxidizer, it still needs a fuel (diesel/fuel oil/kerosene) to be an explosive. It's not impossible to make it explode without oil, it means that it has to be in an area with a lot of organics.
 

GURPS

INGSOC
PREMO Member
This isn't the first time ammonium nitrate has been involved in a deadly catastrophe. The deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history occurred in the port of Texas City, Texas, in 1947. A carelessly tossed cigarette started a fire aboard a ship carrying about 2,300 tons (2,086,000 kg) of ammonium nitrate packed in paper sacks. When the chemical exploded, it caused a blast powerful enough to knock people to the ground in Galveston, Texas, 10 miles (16 kilometers) away.

That detonation also caused a chain reaction when a nearby ship, also carrying ammonium nitrate, exploded, setting fires at chemical tanks and oil refineries near the port. An estimated 581 people were killed in the disaster.

According to a report by The Associated Press, experts think that spark came from an initial fire that may have engulfed fireworks being stored at the port.

https://www.livescience.com/28841-fertilizer-explosions-ammonium-nitrate.html
 
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