In a horrific instant, a burst of power that ravaged Beirut
As black smoke billowed into the sky, Shiva Karout stepped out of his gym with his colleagues and customers to watch. His gym, Barbell House, sits just across the coastal highway from Beirut‚Äôs port where a fire raged. They were curious.
Then a first boom shook them, and curiosity turned to fear realizing how close they were. ‚ÄúWe got a bit scared, and we all went back in,‚ÄĚ Karout recounted. Tense moments passed, waiting inside, and one of his customers panicked and ran out. Karout went after him.
That was when hell erupted. A gigantic explosion threw up a towering mushroom cloud and sucked out the air, and a wave of destructive energy shot across Lebanon‚Äôs capital....
David Hambling wrote: ...ammonium nitrate is typically mixed with fuel oil to create ANFO (Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil) , a blasting mix that is much less powerful weight-for-weight than modern explosives like C4, but extremely cheap to produce. ¬†ANFO is used in mining, construction and quarrying.
Ammonium nitrate as fertilizer is a bringer of life, but ANFO can be a bringer of death, being a favorite with terrorists as it is so easy to produce in large quantities: just mix diesel with bags of ammonium nitrate fertilizer. The disadvantage is that it is relatively difficult to detonate.¬†When Timothy McVeigh carried out the Oklahoma City bombing https://tinyurl.com/ybutae6j in 1995, he was unable to get hydrazine, his explosive of choice, or a sufficient quantity of TNT. However, he easily obtained over 5,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate, which formed the heart of a device that killed 168 people.
excerpt from, " What Is Ammonium Nitrate And Why Did It Devastate Beirut?"
American should be well acquainted with the results of ammonium nitrate when it explodes either accidentally or above which wasn't an accident.
I see the politicians are getting the blame for this in Lebanon.
I'm not convinced that is the whole story. Much as I dislike many politicians for their doublespeak.
Having worked in the Middle East I did find their education system to be somewhat lacking to say the least. I'm not trying to insult anybody but we in the west have a whole different method of dealing with dangerous substances by experience and knowledge. A little knowledge is dangerous.
The fact that it was left for six years suggests that something was amiss with the necessary checks and management required for storage properties.
Ammonium nitrate has been blowing up all over the world - it is a very dangerous substance. Just ask the people of Bryan, Texas which had to evacuate because of the dangers it can pose. Then again in West Texas 15 killed 200 injured by explosion.
Certainly right, Brother John. We saw camera footage on the news the other night.
Ammonium nitrate is nothing to play with. There have been similar accidents here in the US.
I read elsewhere that the explosion decimated a large part of the city, including the Christian section.
It's a good reminder that our lives are in His hands. At any moment we could be ushered into the presence of the Lord in heavrn, whether that be thru a disease, other health condition, some sort of accident, or thru a purposeful act of violence against us. Are each of us prepared for that day?
It is also a reminder that our lives could be turned upside down in an instant. How would we then live, care for our families, and care for those within our churches?