Beruit Explosion

Based on this instagram from Beirut, the amount of AN was 2,700 tons.

The cause of the explosion was the result of sparks from a near by door that was being welded on.

An entire fire department was lost in the explosion.

Last call…dispatch to firefighters in Beirut…

https://www.instagram.com/beirut_lebanon_explosion/?hl=en

I wonder what all of the sparkles are from? I have never seen a fire sparkle like that before.

We have like 40k tons up here I think

Either that or 14k tons of AN

Pretty scary right? It could blow up both the town’s next to it

You can see the large field of NA gray dust covering all the space around in a giant bubble around the point of impact of the explosion.

I believe there were a load of fireworks stored next to the AN, in the same building…

Fireworks are a suspect, there’s also a good chance that there’d also be metal dust in the air from surrounding buildings after an explosion of that magnitude.

At a small enough particle size most metals ignite very easily when suspended in air, the same goes for almost any powder; the Birds Custard Powder factory in the UK has blast doors from before modern extraction systems for exactly that reason.

Those are from fireworks. You can hear them exploding in the background for all the play time of the video released by The Sun; it started as a fire involing fireworks, then was a large fireworks explosion, followed by a large gunpowder fire, and thirty seconds after the large fireworks explosion the ammonia nitrate detonated.

Also some people (notably scientist/youtuber James Mason aka Thunderf00t) claim that the red stuff is actually dirt jettisoned from the explosion site, claiming that NOx gasses only condensate into red clouds when the explosion is over, not right after it, and anyway there’s a 43 meters deep crater and all that missing dirt would go somewhere.

Yes, there’s a lot of smoke before.
Something else happened to it.
It could have been an attack.

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2.9 KT of TNT.

The blast was the largest human-made explosion at the time,[2] releasing the equivalent energy of roughly 2.9 kilotons of TNT (12,000 GJ).[3]

This one was was 1 KT of TNT, so, only 2.9 times worse.


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45 seconds video with sensors detecting life.

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