A large cache of explosive material seized by the government years ago was stored where the explosions occurred, according to top Lebanese officials — specifically ammonium nitrate…
The cache was estimated to be 2,750 tons. Boomershoot uses about 1 ton each year. Timothy McVeigh used (IIRC) about 2.5 tons in the Oklahoma City bombing.
This is the best video I’ve seen so far:
Shocking video of massive #explosion from 7 different angles.
Reports of casualties are still coming in according to #Lebanon‘s health ministry. Still, no one is sure what caused the massive #blast that shook #Beirut. Here is the explosion from seven different angles. pic.twitter.com/dJVBoiCEQt
— CGTN America (@cgtnamerica) August 4, 2020
Incredible tragedy. I’m sure the death toll will rise for many days. And of course the property damage will be horrendous as well.
As Boomershooter Aaron M. said in email:
Check out that white in that explosion. Remind you of something? They are now saying it was something like 2000 tons of ammonium nitrate. It looks correct for that.
I agree. The white “smoke” is probably the water vapor from the ammonium nitrate decomposition.*
* NH4NO3 –> N2 + 2H2O + 1/2 O2