Port of Beirut Ammonium Nitrate Explosion

On 4 August 2020, a large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the Port of Beirut in the capital city of Lebanon exploded, causing at least 218 deaths, 7,000 injuries, and US$15 billion in property damage, and leaving an estimated 300,000 people homeless. A cargo of 2,750 tonnes of the substance had been stored in a warehouse without proper safety measures for the previous six years, after having been confiscated by the Lebanese authorities from the abandoned ship MV Rhosus.


The following video shared on youtube provides a very good insight to the circumstances surrounding the incident. - Source -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s54_MF2XPk&feature=emb_logo


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