A month after an explosion centered on a derelict ammonium nitrate stockpile wiped out entire Beirut neighborhoods, killing 191 people and injuring many thousands, the Lebanese Army announced it has uncovered 4.35 more tons of the same highly explosive substance in four containers near the port’s entrance.
The prior massive detonation, which produced a seismic shock so powerful as to be felt for miles away, involved 3,000 tons of the volatile stuff, which is manufactured for explosives as well as fertilizer. The one month anniversary of the Aug.4 tragedy comes Friday.
Lebanese military officials didn’t give many details of the new discovery, other than to say that Army engineers are “dealing with it”, according to state news agency NNA.
Recall too that after days following the explosion an international team inspected the site, French and Italian experts found a further more than 20 containers with what were dubbed “dangerous chemicals” in them.
The new find of more than four tons of ammonium nitrate is being investigated, and there’s yet to be any details of who it belongs to or how it came to be stored there.