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    Beirut explosion

    Commentators seem surprised that this explosion was caused by Ammonium Nitrate & keep saying it's safe to store if done properly . I'd say it's never safe to store in quantity . History is littered wit examples of Ammonium Nitrate explosions causing the most ghastly damage . Its probably cause more death & destructon in accidental explosions than anything else . How it can ever be described as a "safe" chemical is beyond me . It should never be store in large quantites or anywhere near population centres

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    According to this news report, there was 2,700 tons of the stuff stock piled:

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/world...b0S?li=AAgfYrC

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    We had a similar accident in 2001 in France (Toulouse), 300 tons of Ammonitrate in a factory (AZF).
    I don't uderstand why humans don't learn from their experiences...
    What a stupidity to store so much in the same place !
    Any Live or Dug ordnance shown by me has been disposed of by EOD personnel .

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    2700 tons of Ammonium nitrate is equivalent to roughly 1100 tons of TNT - 1.1 Kilotons. For comparison Hiroshima "Little Boy" was 15 Kilotons TNT equivalent....

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    In 2013, 270 tons stored by a fertilizer company exploded in West, TX (near Waco) after being set on fire by an arsonist killing 15 people.

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    According to a report on AOL, President Michel Aoun said 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, used in fertilisers and bombs, had been stored for six years at the port without safety measures. He called it "unacceptable".
    Wanted: Baton/Irritant rounds (inert) and associated items, .700 NE (inert) and boxes (empty), .32-40 cartridge boxes (empty), WW2 British shotgun cartridge boxes (empty), Greener Police Gun cartridge boxes (empty). Message me if you have any of these items for sale/trade.

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    1921 Explosion at BASF Ludwigshafen Germany. Look under Goggle BASF 1921.
    Search always English and US Bomb Fuzes!

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    I have looked at the many filmclips of this desaster on the net. That final huge detonation took place just after a pillar of "redbrown clouds" (turning orange higher up in the sky) had been catapulted up into the sky in the middle of the "graywhite" huge smokeplume. From that colour I deduce Nitric Oxide NO2 , the only nitrous gas I could find with that colour. But, I do not know how NO2 can lead to such a huge detonation. May be somebody here can explain ? The Texas City desaster 1947 has very many parallels with Beirut now.
    Bellifortis.
    Last edited by Bellifortis; 5th August 2020 at 11:06 PM.

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    Bellifortis,

    Good spot (Texas), have a look at RFNA and Dinitrogen Tetroxide.

    TimG

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    "He called it "unacceptable"."

    No problem now...all gone.

 

 
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