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Beirut Explosion: How Does Ammonium Nitrate Affect the Environment?

Beirut Explosion: How Does Ammonium Nitrate Affect the Environment?

The world was shocked as a deadly blast in a port in Beirut killed 100 people and inflicted injuries to 4,000 people Wednesday morning. The death toll is still rising, and the damaged of the explosion is visible even at two miles from the blast. According to Prime Minister Diab, a shipment of ammonium nitrate, which is estimated to be 2,750 tons, was in a depot for six years and no safety measure. The indicated figure coincides with a report that a ship carrying the same quantity had unloaded its cargo in 2013.

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