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No cause confirmed, although there's tons of rampant speculation. It looks like whatever caused it involved a fire beforehand. The one just following the 30 second mark looks like a weapons depot explosion.

Reminds me a little of this one from China

And this one from Ukraine

And this one in the US

It looks VERY similar to this Russian ammunition depot explosion.

Last edited by Jumpin - on 04 August 2020

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Some more angles of the Beirut explosion. It's clear there was a fire beforehand.



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very scary, I hope everyone is ok



Reminds me off Enschede fireworks depot fire

Although that visible shock wave in Beirut suggests a lot more powerful stuff exploding.



"Lebanon's internal security chief Abbas Ibrahim said the explosions took place in a section of the port housing highly-explosive materials."

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1714671/middle-east



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I was reading the live ticker on the guardian, truly horrific what happened. Has news updates and pictures:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/aug/04/beirut-explosion-huge-blast-port-lebanon-capital

Apparently a whooping 2750 tons of Ammonium Nitrate (for fertilizer production) exploded there in that fire at the harbor. A Monsanto harbor (who probably owned that material that exploded) next to it was totally demolished by the explosion.



John2290 said:
Pretty fucking crazy though, I'm very concerned about that multi coloured cloud after the explosion. That's multiples of chemicals or whatever the hell was housed at the dock.

Yeah, several warnings were issued, though the current tests don't show any toxins yet.

And with most windows shattered by the shockwave, it would be pretty much impossible for most people to hide from it inside.



If it was Monsanto's Ammonium Nitrate, then they might have to pay for the dommages done, the Prime Minister of Lebanon already told reporters that the owners will have to pay. That might just be enough to break it's neck.



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Definitely interested to see what the catalyst was.

There was clearly a fire before hand that was affecting various electrical components. - That coloured smoke usually implies pesticides/fertilizers.



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John2290 said:
I gotta wonder though, is it an inside job to get some international aid into the country. The timing seems suspicious.

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