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Stored ammonium nitrate cause of Beirut explosion, officials knew of its danger

Lebanese officials claim the explosion in Beirut were caused by an accidental detonation of thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate stored in the port for years. The chemicals had been stored in the port for years after arriving in a Russian-owned cargo ship. Public records show that between 2014 and 2017, Lebanese customs officials wrote at least six letters to courts to get guidance on how to dispose of the material, but the records show no response from the judiciary.

According to the latest reports, approx. 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes and over 100 people were killed by the blast.

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