Suspected Culprit Behind Beirut Explosion: Ammonium Nitrate

Video Credit: Wochit News
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.

Advertisement

You are here


πŸ’‘ One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Beirut

Capital and chief port of Lebanon
The BBC's Lina Sinjab looks back at one year of protests calling for change in Beirut, Lebanon.
Credit: BBC News - Published 3 days ago

WASHINGTON - The US Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday it has reached no firm conclusion about what caused the August 4 explosion in the port of..
1 week ago • WorldNews

Related news from verified sources

Ammonium nitrate has been blamed for a deadly explosion in Beirut, but what exactly is the chemical?
on August 5, 2020 • BBC News

After the Beirut disaster, concerns are being raised about stockpiles of ammonium nitrate in other countries.
on August 11, 2020 • BBC News

More than 4,000 people were severely injured and at least 100 fatalities in the chemical blast in Beirut, Lebanon. The blast’s genesis was initially a big...
on August 6, 2020 • HNGN

Related videos from verified sources

Footage shows moment Beirut explosion hits as bride poses for photographs – video 00:30
Video credit: Guardian - Published on August 21, 2020 

Beirut: police fire teargas at protest against Lebanese leadership – video 00:52
Video credit: Guardian - Published on August 21, 2020 

Lebanese judge issues arrest warrant for manager of Beirut's port 04:17
Video credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO - Published on August 18, 2020 

You might like