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    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn...ntl/index.html

    Windows blown out 10 km away. Cars overturned at what looks quite some distance. Apparently in the port area and early reports were there was a large fire in the vicinity before the explosion.

    Grain elevators? Purely guess work on my part. That's what it looked like to me from an angle my son just showed me.

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    I have read it was a firecracker factory, but who knows in the Middle East, and the deterioriating situation in Lebanon in particular. Conspiracy theories will no doubt abound.
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    Warehouse containing explosives

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    https://twitter.com/i/status/1290673683011448837

    It looks like a detonation shock wave. Likely large loss of life
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    Yes, definitely videos our there showing fireworks going off during the fire. Explosion is being reported as nitrate storage tanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMARTINSEN View Post
    I have read it was a firecracker factory, but who knows in the Middle East, and the deterioriating situation in Lebanon in particular. Conspiracy theories will no doubt abound.
    Can't be a bomb, too big if explosion for anything a terrorist might have, and nit big enough for nuclear.

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    There’s videos on twitter etc that clearly show fireworks/small arms or the like going off, smoke pouring out, then booooom.

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    This guy's twitter feed has a video of the explosion, it is massive.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/barzansadiq

    Can someome figure out how to embed it?

    Here is a direct link to the tweet that contains the video

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1290675555407364096
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    There will be many people who didn't die from blast who asphyxiate from the dust.
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    Horrific. How do I say this - I surely hope that this was merely a catastrophic accident in a firecracker factory. Lebanon is ... well Lebanon.
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    Looks very like the explosion in Tianjin port in 2015, only much bigger.

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    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/04/w...ion-blast.html

    'The govt had stored high explosives at the site'. Sounds like the first line of an action story.

    On-going updates; 'at least 25 confirmed dead'. Suspect that'll be 'adjusted' several times.
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    From some pictures on news sites and good old google earth it looks like the warehouse was next to the grain silos. That's bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by switters View Post
    From some pictures on news sites and good old google earth it looks like the warehouse was next to the grain silos. That's bad.
    Thats why I thought it was grain, but the angles of the explosion itself looks like it came from next to the grain silos, not the silos themselves.

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    God, I hope this was an accident. Not that it makes much difference to those killed and injured, but at least it wouldn't start a new cycle of war and revenge.
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    Or fertilizer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/04/w...ion-blast.html

    'The govt had stored high explosives at the site'. Sounds like the first line of an action story.

    On-going updates; 'at least 25 confirmed dead'. Suspect that'll be 'adjusted' several times.
    Sounds like more than fireworks

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMARTINSEN View Post
    I have read it was a firecracker factory, but who knows in the Middle East, and the deterioriating situation in Lebanon in particular. Conspiracy theories will no doubt abound.
    A firecracker factory in the Middle East? I see so many problems associated with that, it would be laughable if it were not true.

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    It seems that 2750 tons of Ammonium Nitrate have been stored there for years.

    Lebanon General Security chief says that 2700 tons of ammonium nitrate were in Beirut's port on the way to Africa. They exploded. #BeirutBlast



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    About 2,700 tons of ammonia nitrate exploded at the port of Beirut- reports.......
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    In one of the videos, a ship can be seen anchored just offshore. I wonder how it faired?
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    2700 tons?
    That's going to jiggle seismographs around the globe

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    Looks very like the explosion in Tianjin port in 2015, only much bigger.
    Tianjin was huge. But yes, very probably the same explosive - ammonium nitrate .
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    800 tons of ammonium nitrate in Tianjin, according to Wikipedia.
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    America knows about ammonium nitrate explosions:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_City_disaster

    According to the article, the dark red smoke is characteristic.

    Some pictures here.

    https://historycollection.com/30-ima...disaster-1947/
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    And more recently in West

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...t-feds-n572231

    edit: The West explosion video startles me every time I watch it. Towards the end. The local volunteer fire department was fighting it. They should have been evacuating and running. Training has changed as a result.

    Last edited by bluedog225; 08-04-2020 at 05:20 PM.

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    The silos could have added a lot more explosive dust to the blast.

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    Officials are blaming highly explosive materials stored in a warehouse for six years.
    President Michel Aoun tweeted it was "unacceptable" that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was stored unsafely.
    An investigation is under way to find the exact trigger for the explosion. Lebanon's Supreme Defence Council said those responsible would face the "maximum punishment" possible.
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-53656220
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    I wonder what caused it to detonate. We used to mix it with a calculated amount of diesel to turn it into an explosive, and use a knot of det. cord instead of gelignite to set it off. We used it for removing boulders and stumps and for blowing up rabbit warrens sometimes. A few pounds of it would turn a huge hardwood stump to kindling and spread it over a couple of hundred yards. JayInOz

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    Images from Beirut are memorable to say the least:



    https://youtu.be/wqKn_3iJOP4

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