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''Ammonium Nitrate'' cause of massive explosion and life taker !
Beirut: Ammonium Nitrate is a chemical compound which is the reason behind the massive explosion in Beirut, is a crystal-like white solid and is highly soluble in water. It is most commonly used in agriculture as a high-nitrogen fertilizer. Also it is used in many ways like component of explosive mixtures used in mining, quarrying, and civil construction.
Ammonium nitrate is relatively safe to handle, says Prof Sella.
However, if you have a huge amount of material lying around for a long time it begins to decay.
"The real problem is that over time it will absorb little bits of moisture and it eventually turns into an enormous rock," he says. This makes it more dangerous, he adds, because it means if there is a shock, it will spread much more easily.
The longer it is left, the more likely it will get contaminated with items such as fuel oil, former senior military intelligence officer Philip Ingram told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
Once that happens it can produce a reaction in the chemical. "It generates its own heat and, once it's started, it continues to generate it and that will build up over time," Mr Ingram says. "That could then lead to the high-order explosion that we saw in those horrific videos that came out of Beirut."
Its shocking that Over 50 people have been killed and around 2,500 wounded in two huge explosions that rocked Lebanese capital Beirut, Health Minister Hamad Hassan has been quoted as saying.
The blasts took place on Tuesday evening (around 6.10 p.m. - local time), shaking buildings all over the city while also causing severe damages, Xinhua reported.
Prime Minister Hassan Diab said Lebanon is an afflicted nation while urging other countries to help Lebanon in overcoming the repercussions of the disastrous explosions.
Primary information revealed that Ammonium Nitrate stored in a warehouse at the Port of Beirut may have caused the explosions.
"Customs' authorities must be asked about the reasons behind storing such chemical materials at Port of Beirut," Interior Minister Mohammad Fahmi said.
Meanwhile, Diab declared Wednesday a national mourning day for the victims of the explosions.
As per BBC Reported