An inspection of Beirut port has uncovered tons of ammonium nitrate, the identical extremely explosive chemical substance that sparked the large blast which ravaged the Lebanese capital in early August.
Following a gathering with high army officers answerable for work on the ill-fated port, Lebanese President Michel Aoun introduced that yet one more 4.35 tons of ammonium nitrate had been discovered on the location. It’s believed to have been saved close to the doorway to the port for some 15 years, since 2005.
The worrying discovery was made on September 2 and the ammonium nitrate stockpile has since been safely destroyed, Aoun stated.
Throughout their search, the Lebanese army additionally got here throughout 143 containers holding different flammable materials, he added.
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The assertion got here after a significant blaze erupted on the port on Thursday. In response to sources, it started when sparks set flammable materials alight throughout welding works. Aoun vowed that the perpetrators can be held accountable within the wake of the incident.
On August 4, round 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate triggered a large mushroom cloud-like explosion at Beirut’s busy port. The blast killed 190 folks, injured over 6,000 others and triggered main destruction throughout the town. 9 persons are nonetheless listed as lacking, Aoun’s assertion learn.
The blast provoked main anti-government protests as demonstrators accused the authorities of negligence and lack of correct care in storing explosive supplies.
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