Massive Explosion in Beirut

OLDVET

Well-Known
Dec 14, 2009
1,792
83
Richardson, Texas
Anyone remember the West explosion? It was the same ammonium nitrate that caused that blast.
My company investigated the surrounding structural damage and found houses 1.5 miles from the epicenter of the blast that had roof damage. The explosive force also caused a ground ripple (earth quake) that measured three miles in diameter.
The cause of the explosion was a fire at the storage facility. The local fire departments showed up to put the fire out. No one, at the time, knew better than to add water to ammonium nitrate. The resulting vaporous gases are very explosive.
Fourteen local firemen died instantly in the blast. I had a chance to meet the Fire Chief on one of my visits.
He was in the storage area with his back to the fire when the explosion happened. He says he remembers turning around to adjust a water pressure gauge when the blast happened. He received a broken pelvis and broken upper right leg bone. He is the only person in the compound to survived.
Be careful with your fertilizer!!
 

oldag

TGT Addict
Feb 19, 2015
9,532
113
Anyone remember the West explosion? It was the same ammonium nitrate that caused that blast.
My company investigated the surrounding structural damage and found houses 1.5 miles from the epicenter of the blast that had roof damage. The explosive force also caused a ground ripple (earth quake) that measured three miles in diameter.
The cause of the explosion was a fire at the storage facility. The local fire departments showed up to put the fire out. No one, at the time, knew better than to add water to ammonium nitrate. The resulting vaporous gases are very explosive.
Fourteen local firemen died instantly in the blast. I had a chance to meet the Fire Chief on one of my visits.
He was in the storage area with his back to the fire when the explosion happened. He says he remembers turning around to adjust a water pressure gauge when the blast happened. He received a broken pelvis and broken upper right leg bone. He is the only person in the compound to survived.
Be careful with your fertilizer!!
It is the ammonium nitrate itself that detonates. When heated, it reaches a state where it will detonate rather than burning or exploding.

They did not put enough water on it to cool it.
 

etmo

Active Member
Jan 25, 2020
495
93
Cedar Creek, Tx
Jerusalem Post has a long memory for these kinds of things, and notes that Hezbollah once kept three metric tons of ammonium nitrate in a storehouse in London, until MI5 and the London Metropolitan Police found it in 2015.

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katie...ainst-israel-in-nuclear-style-attack-n2573756

And they also remember how the Hezbollah leader once gave a speech about how they would blow up Israel's ammonia tanks in the Israeli city of Haifa, and other "oh yeah" moments showing how Hezbollah has been all about this kind of attack for over a decade:

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/n...el-with-same-chemicals-as-beirut-blast-637582

IOW, not fertilizer, very high probability this was for a terrorist attack, hard for me to weigh the probabilities between Mossad blowing up their stash vs simple incompetence. Occam's Razor tells me incompetence and stupidity, but the Mossad has a very nice rep blowing up stuff belonging to Middle Eastern terrorist regimes.
 

jordanmills

TGT Addict
Sep 29, 2009
4,374
113
Pearland, TX
le83ne.jpg
 

Attachments

  • Like
Reactions: gll
Top Bottom