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    Any idea what happened today in Beirut and who should be blamed

  • #2
    Amonnium nitrate maybe? Bit like the Texas City disaster of 1947.
    "To be free is better than to be unfree - always."

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Daud View Post
      Any idea what happened today in Beirut and who should be blamed
      Initial reports by the authorities in Beirut suggest that they themselves are to blame - storing explosives in the harbor area including possibly a large amount of ammonium nitrate.
      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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      • #4
        Seems that the port authorities weren't happy with dangerous chemicals being stored there, they made noise about it as far back as 2014. The smoke from the blast is evidence of ignited ammonium.
        "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
        Ernest Hemingway.

        "We're all going to die, all of us; what a circus! That alone should make us love each other, but it doesn't. We are terrorised and flattened by trivialities."
        Bukowski

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        • #5
          Most awesome thing I've seen in a while

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          • #6
            The epicentre apparently

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            • #7
              I ve read somewhere that Israel is gathering force on their border with Lebanon. Lebanon itself was unstable.

              Maybe someone lit the cracker intentionally.
              We ll see.

              edit:

              Lebanese premier Hasan Diab said that 2.7 tones of ammonium nitrate exploded in a lager that was not secured. They still dont know what was the reason for ignition of that material.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Daud View Post
                Lebanese premier Hasan Diab said that 2.7 tones of ammonium nitrate exploded in a lager that was not secured. They still dont know what was the reason for ignition of that material.

                The fire in the fireworks store might have had something to do with it.



                Don't be too disappointed it ain't the fault of the Joos.

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                • #9
                  Orthodox Church that survived the blast.

                  https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-mi...al-brings-hope

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                  • #10
                    Best article yet. Some excellent video simulations and actual footage help convey this was a cumulative cluster flack ...


                    How a Massive Bomb Came Together in Beirut’s Port
                    By Ben Hubbard, Maria Abi-Habib, Mona El-Naggar, Allison McCann, Anjali Singhvi, James Glanz and Jeremy White

                    Fifteen tons of fireworks. Jugs of kerosene and acid. Thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate. A system of corruption and bribes let the perfect bomb sit for years.
                    ....
                    Late last year, a new security officer at the port of Beirut stumbled upon a broken door and a hole in the wall of a storage hangar. He peered inside and made a frightening discovery.
                    ....
                    Thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate, a compound used in explosives, was spilling from torn bags.
                    ....
                    In the same hangar were jugs of oil, kerosene and hydrochloric acid; five miles of fuse on wooden spools; and 15 tons of fireworks — in short, every ingredient needed to construct a bomb that could devastate a city.
                    ....
                    About 100,000 people lived within a mile of the warehouse, which had jury-rigged electricity and not so much as a smoke alarm or sprinkler.
                    ...
                    Alarmed, the officer, Capt. Joseph Naddaf of the State Security agency, warned his superiors about what appeared to be an urgent security threat.

                    But it turned out that other Lebanese officials already knew. Lots of officials.

                    An investigation by a team of New York Times reporters who conducted dozens of interviews with port, customs and security officials, shipping agents and other maritime trade professionals revealed how a corrupt and dysfunctional system failed to respond to the threat while enriching the country’s political leaders through bribery and smuggling.

                    Previously undisclosed documents lay out how numerous government agencies passed off responsibility for defusing the situation. Exclusive photographs from inside the hangar show the haphazard, and ultimately catastrophic, handling of explosive materials. And an analysis of high-definition video illustrates how the volatile cocktail of combustible substances came together to produce the most devastating explosion in Lebanon’s history.

                    In the six years since the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate had arrived in Beirut’s port and been offloaded into Hangar 12, repeated warnings had ricocheted throughout the Lebanese government, between the port and customs authorities, three ministries, the commander of the Lebanese Army, at least two powerful judges and, weeks before the blast, the prime minister and president.

                    No one took action to secure the chemicals, more than 1,000 times the amount used to bomb a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

                    The disaster-in-waiting was the result of years of neglect and bureaucratic buck-passing by a dysfunctional government that subjugated public safety to the more pressing business of bribery and graft.

                    Perhaps nowhere is that system more pronounced than at the port, a lucrative prize carved into overlapping fiefs by Lebanon’s political parties, who see it as little more than a source of self-enrichment, contracts and jobs to dole out to loyalists, and as a clearinghouse for illicit goods.
                    ....
                    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...=pocket-newtab




                    Last edited by G David Bock; 13 Sep 20, 17:33.
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                    • #11
                      That oval was supposed to be a map; copy-pasted. My edit functions won't remove it. sorry
                      TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch
                      “War is merely the continuation of politics by other means” - von Clausewitz

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