What We Know About the Explosions in Beirut, Lebanon: Live Updates 1

By Ben Hubbard and Maria Abi-Habib

New York Times

Lebanon’s health ministry said that at least 78 people had died and 4,000 suffered injuries in the explosions and fire that shook Beirut on Tuesday.

The numbers climbed steadily through the day, and with the wounded still streaming into hospitals and the search for missing people underway, they were likely to go higher still.

The secretary-general of the Kataeb political party, Nizar Najarian, was killed in the blast, and among those injured was Kamal Hayek, the chairman of the state-owned electricity company, who was in critical condition, the news agency reported.

Videos of the aftermath posted online showed wounded people bleeding amid the dust and rubble, and damage where flying debris had punched holes in walls and furniture. On social media, people reported damage to homes and cars far from the port.

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One comment

  1. As a person with a degree in chemistry (BS Chem 1980 MIT) I can say that ammonium nitrate is actually rather resistant to detonation. At least, it generally takes a blasting cap to set it off, and more likely a blasting cap with a ‘booster’ of a stick of dynamite.

    My question is why were they keeping 2700 tons of AN for years? It’s a great fertilizer, why not sell it for that?

    Unless…they were keeping it, intending to use it for thousands of bombs.

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