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What is ammonium nitrate?

Ammonium nitrate is the suspected cause of the devastating explosion in Beirut. Here's a look at the numerous explosions — some accidental, others criminal — that have been caused by this chemical compound.

08/05/2020 7:56 PMupdated: 08/05/2020 7:57 PM

317 comments

  • Brent H.
    08/30/2020 15:43

    Regenerative Ag, as they way. Get rid of these chems

  • Emerson W.
    08/30/2020 03:07

    Yeah right I seen the Missile

  • Nickolas H.
    08/30/2020 02:26

    Instant cold packs contain ammonium nitrate that is pure enough to create ANFO.

  • Mason A.
    08/29/2020 23:37

    Many Terrorist: slow clap a bit faster claping followed by many consistent stong claps.

  • Bo B.
    08/29/2020 20:36

    I was 8 blocks from the west explosion ,its something you'll never forget,

  • Brian R.
    08/29/2020 13:15

    Dont listen to the idiots with a minimal understanding of ammonium nitrate. This stuff was just waiting to cause an accident. Look up texas city and then educate yourself on the properties of this chemical. Above 90 and below 0 cycling happens and the density changes. With explosives density controls detonation velocity and this stuff had turned to a solid mass from years of cycling. The rust colored cloud was nitrogen dioxide, it means the reaction was oxygen positive and was less than ideal. It could have been worse. Funny how everyone is an expert but dont know the very basics about ammonium nitrate. This was bound to happen if there was ever a fire near by.

  • Michael H.
    08/29/2020 09:01

    Why isnt it mentioned that the man who owned the ship the Ammonium nitrate was on forfeited it to the port authority, and the several groups petitioned the Lebanese government to remove the compound and provide it to the military for various applications. That same govt who said and did nothing for years. Knowing full well the danger that amount of compound could cause. This video is quick to point out the dangerous chemicals but not the dangerously inept inaction of an extremely negligent govt body.

  • Caleb M.
    08/29/2020 07:55

    Fireworks n that dont mix

  • Alex H.
    08/29/2020 04:14

    Oh yOu DoN't saY

  • Isai A.
    08/29/2020 02:59

    No me digaaaaaaassssssss! 🤦🏼‍♂️

  • Mark H.
    08/29/2020 01:42

    When mixed with diesel fuel you get ANFO. Used for mining

  • Tobi Q.
    08/28/2020 21:26

    False:Independent fact check by me:it was a missile

  • Austin C.
    08/27/2020 23:15

    But what about the rocket seen in the infrared camera....

  • Frandy A.
    08/27/2020 15:23

    0-5-17 has no nitrogen in it

  • Michael V.
    08/27/2020 11:41

    There's no way it exploded by just the fertilizer. I've seen plenty of videos from different angles that people caught just seconds before the actual explosion where it's clear something was shot/launched at the building and immediately exploded on impact.

  • Jamie L.
    08/27/2020 03:50

    Just to tell you that this stuff can burn volitile and can potentially explode at the right temperature as a fire investigator with bombing experience I can say it is possible. However usually this needed a booster to set it off however extremely high temperature can cause it to detonate. Haven't been there haven't seen the scene so can't make a determination about anything.

  • Freddy B.
    08/27/2020 02:46

    Duh

  • Dave D.
    08/26/2020 23:27

    https://youtu.be/kZ-aWjcy7x4

  • Rose G.
    08/26/2020 23:23

    I saw what looked to be a missile in the numerous videos I watched.

  • Rebeka L.
    08/26/2020 17:21

    We’re not stupid. We’re not fooled easily anymore. We know....

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