Authorities are saying that a massive amount of Ammonium Nitrate was stored near the port of Beirut, which caused the catastrophic blast.
It was massive, and the wave tore through the capital city of Lebanon. The highly explosive material had been in the warehouse for six years without essential safety measures.
The blast took near to 100 lives and leaving thousands of others injured. The shock wave from the explosion destroyed buildings, houses, and the nearby infrastructure of the capital city. Nearly everything in the vicinity was devastated by the massive explosion. The effects can be seen in a 10KM radius.
Ammonium nitrate has two core utilization; it is typically used as an agriculture fertilizer at large. It is also used in mining explosions as it acts as a source of oxygen to accelerate the burning and combustion. Hence, health officials urged those in the area to “stay indoors and wear masks” due to reports of toxic gases released from the blast.