BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's interior minister says it appears a massive explosion in Beirut was caused by the detonation of more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate. Mohammed Fahmi told a local TV station that the material had been stored in a warehouse at a dock in the capital's port since it was confiscated from a cargo ship in 2014. Videos showed what appeared to be a fire erupting nearby just before Tuesday's explosion, and local TV stations reported that a fireworks warehouse was involved. The fire appeared to spread to a nearby building, triggering the more massive explosion, sending up a mushroom cloud and generating a shock wave. The blast killed more than 70 people and injured more than 3,000.
Posted at 10:28 AM, Aug 04, 2020
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