Lebanon explosion: What is ammonium nitrate, which authorities claim to be behind the blast

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Under normal storage conditions and without very high heat, it is difficult to ignite ammonium nitrate, says expert.
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Published on August 8, 2020 -  00:40
Lebanese Basketball Great Fadi El Khatib On Blast: 'It's Doomed. It's Ruined.'
The blast at the port in Beirut, Lebanon, killed at least 154 people and injured 5,000 this week. And according to Lebanese basketballer Fadi El Khatib, what the world sees on TV don't come close to showing Beirut's terrible reality. It's doomed. It's ruined. It's damaged. It's broken. Every single house in Beirut. Fadi El Khatib Interview with CNN Sport The powerful blast has been linked to a massive shipment of ammonium nitrate. Authorities say that despite warnings from local officials, the shipment was stored in the port of Beirut without safety precautions for years. Documents show that members of the Lebanese government and judiciary were apprised of the situation, and may have failed to safeguard it.

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