What caused the nitrate that was stored on the ship to explode causing a very great disaster in Lebanon causing several deaths and damage?

8 Answers

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago
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    It was not stored on the ship, it had been taken from the ship 6 years ago and was stored in a warehouse within the area of the port, all 2,750 tonnes of it. That substance can become unstable over a period of time and it seems that is what happened. 

    You can view the footage as seen on the news from several angles, as shot by several smartphones, because there was a fairly small fire going on nearby at that time and people were interested in that.  Search Beirut Explosion or similar.  That second or two is truly shattering. It is said to have been the biggest non-nuclear explosion ever. 

    And in fact more than 'several' deaths, well over one hundred last time I heard a count.

  • 3 months ago

    Fire, to keep it simple. And it was in a warehouse, not on a ship.

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    It wasn't on a ship, it was in a warehouse and had been there for six years.

    A fire caused by somebody welding ignited fireworks also being stored in that part of the port. A small amount of explosive was enough to cause the Ammonium Nitrate to ignite.

  • snafu
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Apparently ammonium nitrate if stored poorly decays and becomes unstable over a period of time.  This sort of information would’ve been known by the port workers, officials and government.  It was also reported that a port worker stated impounded fireworks had been stored in the same building, warehouse 12.  Basically this was a massive accident waiting to happen out of pure negligence and bureaucracy.  Add in some welding work done on a warehouse panel (reportedly on 12) near by - kaboom!

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  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    A missile

    You're welcome

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    The ammonium nitrate had been taken off the ship and stored in a warehouse. One theory is that a welder's torch set off fireworks that detonated the ammonium nitrate. Flashes seen before the huge explosion seem to corroborate that. The chemical may also have deteriorated or become contaminated in the six or seven years it was stored.

  • 4 months ago


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