Suspected Culprit Behind Beirut Explosion: Ammonium Nitrate

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Published on August 5, 2020 - Duration: 00:39s

Suspected Culprit Behind Beirut Explosion: Ammonium Nitrate

The colossal destruction of Beirut's port was due to the explosion of a large quantity of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse there.

HuffPost reports more that as of Wednesday, more than 130 people were confirmed dead, and at least 5,000 injured.

Videos appear to show fireworks going off in a fire shortly before the massive explosion.

While ammonium nitrate can't burn on its own, it can act as an accelerant.

It can also explode when subjected to high temperatures in a confined space.


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