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A massive explosion shook Lebanon’s capital Beirut on Tuesday wounding a number people and causing widespread damage.

 

The afternoon blast shook several parts of the capital and thick smoke billowed from the city center. Residents reported windows being blown out and a false ceilings dropping.

 

The explosion appeared to be centered around Beirut’s port and caused wide scale destruction and shattered windows miles away.

 

An Associated Press photographer near Beirut’s port witnessed people wounded on the ground and widespread destruction in central Beirut.

 

Some local TV stations reported the blast was at Beirut’s port inside an area where firecrackers were stored.

 

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1 hour ago, Pikachu said:

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Some local TV stations reported the blast was at Beirut’s port inside an area where firecrackers were stored.

 

On second thought let's wait to get to the fireworks factory.

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Just now, CitizenVectron said:

Source of the explosion was ammonium nitrate, apparently.

 

You just know that Lebanon has great regulations about how much of that you can store and how close together.

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1 minute ago, GeneticBlueprint said:

 

You just know that Lebanon has great regulations about how much of that you can store and how close together.

 

Allegedly, the nitrate was abandoned and simply hasn't been moved in 10 years. 

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Holy damn that's big. I remember doing something like this for my chemical plant safety /process design class back in college. One of the more fun and interesting engineering classes imo

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27 minutes ago, b_m_b_m_b_m said:

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Holy damn that's big. I remember doing something like this for my chemical plant safety /process design class back in college. One of the more fun and interesting engineering classes imo

 

 

 

That's probably an overestimation. 

 

 

 

 

 

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2.75 kilotons of ammonium nitrate is probably not equal to 2.75 kilotons of TNT, but still...

 

That's got to be one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history. 

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Don't worry the idiot is "helping"

 

As far as the size i feel like the blast in a China a few years back was similar in size, that one was at night and had a massive fireball though.

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1 hour ago, PaladinSolo said:

Don't worry the idiot is "helping"

 

As far as the size i feel like the blast in a China a few years back was similar in size, that one was at night and had a massive fireball though.

 

China's was definitely bigger. Plus it was more lethal. China said 150 perished so it was probably quite a bit higher than that.

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18 hours ago, TwinIon said:

I was unprepared for the size of that explosion.

 

Yeah, I would not have expected or imagined that. :( 

 

12 hours ago, Jason said:

Just heard on NPR that they could feel reverberations from the explosion in Cyprus. 

 

Registered as a 3.3 earthquake.

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