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Aug 4, 2020 - 8:21:49 PM
31807 posts since 3/5/2008

Fireworks Factory....
Sure....it was...

Stick that in yer mask n ....
Keep breathin...... :0/

Horrible

Prayers to the..Victims..
Just Horrible....

Aug 4, 2020 - 8:27:46 PM

PaulRF

Australia

3103 posts since 2/1/2012

Aug 4, 2020 - 8:40:24 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23880 posts since 6/25/2005

My vote is ammonium nitrate. Apparently lots was stored there. For comprison see

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_City_bombing.  And

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_City_disaster

Aug 4, 2020 - 8:52:44 PM

9551 posts since 8/22/2006

To me that explosion and the aftermath looks like a small tactical nuke blew up. I hope someone has been monitoring for radiation.

Aug 4, 2020 - 9:16:47 PM

10644 posts since 1/15/2005

I think Bill has it right ..... a huge storage facility of ammonium nitrate!

Aug 4, 2020 - 11:23:14 PM
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Brian T

Canada

16918 posts since 6/5/2008

They already admit there was a huge 2700T pile of ammonium nitrate
stored in there for upwards of 6 years. Deal will be to figure out what else was there to set it off.
ANFO was great stuff for digging but we never kept very much in one place for that very reason.

Aug 5, 2020 - 12:40:08 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23880 posts since 6/25/2005

That’s a couple hundred tons more than were on the Grandcamp when it blew up at Texas City in 1947. That could create a huge explosion.

Aug 5, 2020 - 6:18:13 AM

2057 posts since 2/10/2013

The Reuters news network reported that the explosion was heard on Cyprus.

Aug 5, 2020 - 6:47:31 AM
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wizofos

USA

5613 posts since 8/19/2012

I was about a month old when the Texas City blew and my parents (Dad was a carpenter) moved down there from Austin to work on the clean up and rebuild. I do recall that even 30 years later Mom still told stories about how bad the drinking water was down there.

Aug 5, 2020 - 8:10:34 AM

figmo59

USA

31807 posts since 3/5/2008

I looks a lot like a munitions dump exsplosion...

That spot I beleave was identified as such in 2018 I beleave...

Aug 5, 2020 - 10:52:52 AM

Tobus

USA

2383 posts since 11/17/2015

quote:
Originally posted by Brian T

They already admit there was a huge 2700T pile of ammonium nitrate
stored in there for upwards of 6 years. Deal will be to figure out what else was there to set it off.
ANFO was great stuff for digging but we never kept very much in one place for that very reason.


I read this morning that this was a known hazard.  An entire ship full of explosive "fertilizer" sent from Russia to somewhere in Africa.  The ship had to lay in at this port for some sort of trouble, and the owners ended up abandoning the ship and its crew.  So the fertilizer was offloaded and stored.  Over the years, many local inspectors complained about the danger of storing it under these conditions.

The early reports say that it was ignited by someone welding in the vicinity.  I'm not sure how they know that, since surely anyone close enough to the blast to have seen someone welding at the time of the blast would be dead now.

The explosion itself was like nothing I've ever seen outside of nuclear detonation footage.  That shock wave and mushroom cloud ...wow!

Just out of curiosity, I wonder how this explosion compares to the original atom bombs, or the Daisy Cutter, or other military detonations. 

Aug 5, 2020 - 11:02:39 AM

figmo59

USA

31807 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Tobus
quote:
Originally posted by Brian T

They already admit there was a huge 2700T pile of ammonium nitrate
stored in there for upwards of 6 years. Deal will be to figure out what else was there to set it off.
ANFO was great stuff for digging but we never kept very much in one place for that very reason.


I read this morning that this was a known hazard.  An entire ship full of explosive "fertilizer" sent from Russia to somewhere in Africa.  The ship had to lay in at this port for some sort of trouble, and the owners ended up abandoning the ship and its crew.  So the fertilizer was offloaded and stored.  Over the years, many local inspectors complained about the danger of storing it under these conditions.

The early reports say that it was ignited by someone welding in the vicinity.  I'm not sure how they know that, since surely anyone close enough to the blast to have seen someone welding at the time of the blast would be dead now.

The explosion itself was like nothing I've ever seen outside of nuclear detonation footage.  That shock wave and mushroom cloud ...wow!

Just out of curiosity, I wonder how this explosion compares to the original atom bombs, or the Daisy Cutter, or other military detonations. 


Heh....

Know in how people work now'ahdays...

The welder was probly on thier cell phone when it happened... :0/

 

 

As far compairahsomes..of exsplosionn..

The Gov'mint shot a million lbs of anfo..in a huge tent..pumped full'ah 02...

 

Just to compare the blast effects of Abombs...

Probly  Google or YouTube it n find it..

Aug 5, 2020 - 12:54:01 PM
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Brian T

Canada

16918 posts since 6/5/2008

The first fire was well underway, a team of 10 firefighters was in there.
If you look closely at the foot of the blaze, you can see some fireworks (?) popping off = white sparks as they appear at a distance.
Then: KA-BLOOIE !!!!! It's so quick, the entire pile had to detonate not burn.

Beirut depends a lot on an imported, ship-borne food supply.
The port facilities have been obliterated.
Will be interesting to see how they can cope.

Aug 5, 2020 - 12:57:30 PM
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ChunoTheDog

Canada

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Let's warehouse 2700 tons of nitro fertilizer downtown. Splendid idea.

Aug 5, 2020 - 1:25:38 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

23880 posts since 6/25/2005

Note that even back in 1947, the Port of Houston refused to let the ship that blew up at Texas Ciity dock there. The danger of ammonoium nitrate has been well known for a very long time.

Aug 5, 2020 - 5:34:56 PM
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figmo59

USA

31807 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by ChunoTheDog

Let's warehouse 2700 tons of nitro fertilizer downtown. Splendid idea.


Ahhh....

We keep it in the back yard.... ;0)

Aug 5, 2020 - 6:03:47 PM
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Brian T

Canada

16918 posts since 6/5/2008

Grandpa kept it all in the back of a granary building.
Probably the driest storage on the whole farm. Elephant brand.

Back in my pyrotechnician F/X days, it was a part of what was called: "product development."

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