The army of Lebanon found more than 4.3 tonnes of ammonium nitrate at the entrance to the port of Beirut. The same substance exploded at the beginning of last month in that port, destroying a large part of the city. Nearly 200 people lost their lives and thousands were injured in the disaster.
Engineers of the army discovered the party, writes news site Al Arabiya on the basis of a statement of the army. “A team is now in the process of removing the dust. It will be taken to a safe place,” says the statement.
The find is only a fraction of the amount that exploded last month. That was more than 2700 tons. It is not clear whether the ammonium nitrate found now is a remnant of what exploded at the time, or whether it is another batch. The substance is used as fertilizer, but can also be used as an explosive; many accidents have happened with it in the past.