Beirut Explosion

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Joan

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This has been posted on RT today, just one day after the Beirut, explosion, seems strange to me. It happened at the Ajman food market in the UAE

HUGE BLAZE breaks out at food market in Ajman, UAE (VIDEOS)

Only a day after a massive explosion devastated Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, killing more than 100 people, the United Arab Emirates' Ajman is now dealing with this massive fire. Eyewitnesses posted footage of the alarming scale of the blaze on social media.

The fire broke out around 6pm local time, according to Gulf News. First responders were alerted to the blaze by Rajab Elsawi, who owns a meat store across from the market.

"There are dozens of shops in that souq,” the retailer said.

The cause of the fire is still not known, but the market has reportedly been closed for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The National reported several workers in nearby shops tried to put out the flames with fire extinguishers, but were unable to stop the spread.

A nearby hospital was evacuated due to its proximity to the fire, according to local media.

Also this from a Twitter post. More images are shown from different angles. Strange a food market could erupt in such a blaze.

 

wmu9

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The building was already on fire and people were aware of that, so that's no really that suspicious. The initial story was that there was a ship with fireworks that had a fire. The smoke and fire prior to the big explosion makes that plausible.

Exactly, and it does appear to be a fireworks fire (or munitions going off). This original, smaller fire caused hundreds of people to take videos. There are videos from every possible angle, even on the water. There is so much footage, physicists would be happy if it were not so tragic. There are even videos of shot by people very close and walking/driving closer. How they survived is amazing, some I doubt the could have.
 

Niall

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Just saw this one on Twitter, supposed to be a picture of the storage condition for the ammonium nitrate at the warehouse.
Ammonium nitrate requires multiple chemical processes before it becomes an effective explosive. As a fertilizer in farming, it is stored in large amounts in rural areas all around the world. That wouldn't be common practice if there was a general risk of it exploding.

The most likely scenario in Beirut seems to be that a large bomb was transported and assembled there. The fire that preceded the explosion was perhaps a decoy, along with some amount of fireworks thrown in as further decoy. And then the bomb was remote-detonated.
 

Ursus Minor

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Wow it's a mini Beirut explosion.
Wonder where they were testing it........
DEW weapon in Iraq?
And I have no clue about the shaft of light coming down from the sky!


CGI? Initially the folks on the left seem to be moving but at (0:03) when the 'show' starts they seem to be completely frozen. I mean, something extraordinary starts happening and nobody turns a head or moves a limb... :huh:
 

anka

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A Czech alternative site brought an article discussing use of thermobaric bomb in Bejrut. One of the commentators there posted a video of explosion from the last year somewhere in Syria. Allegedly it could be some Russian thermobaric weapon used/tested. The explosion looks very similar to the footage from Bejrut:

The images of a huge explosion and the subsequent blast wave somewhere in Syria are the subject of discussion among experts, who continue to debate the type of bomb that could have caused such destruction. It is possible that it is a Russian thermobaric bomb ODAB-500.
 

Astrocyte

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Ammonium nitrate requires multiple chemical processes before it becomes an effective explosive. As a fertilizer in farming, it is stored in large amounts in rural areas all around the world. That wouldn't be common practice if there was a general risk of it exploding.

The most likely scenario in Beirut seems to be that a large bomb was transported and assembled there. The fire that preceded the explosion was perhaps a decoy, along with some amount of fireworks thrown in as further decoy. And then the bomb was remote-detonated.

Ammonium nitrate require only being mixed with diesel fuel making what is called ANFO, but it is so safe that it can be mixed and delivered in a truck similar to a concrete truck. This info come from a mining engineering book I read long time ago. There was also reports of large AN detonation like in Texas 1947, but frankly I do not understand the mechanism of progression from a combustion to a detonation and I suspect that heat and nearby equipment explosion may have contributed.

To make such a badly maintained storage of AN detonate would only need to empty some diesel fuel at top of one or couples of those big bag of AN, gravity and adsorption will do the mixing, then place a C4 charge on the side of the sensitized bag.
 

Joan

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This posted on RT later today, showing before and after satellite images from the Russian space agency


Never has the trite cliche about a picture painting a thousand words been more true than stunning before-and-after satellite images, snapped by Roscosmos, which capture the utter devastation caused by the Beirut port blast.
The first photograph, which was taken last November, shows a collection of large warehouses on the waterfront of the Lebanese capital. Densely packed buildings can also be seen sprawling down towards the sea, with a warren of tight streets running between the city’s main arteries.

Only the shadows of the former buildings can be seen on the scarred cityscape, as if the large depots were rubbed out with an eraser. An enormous hole can also be seen on the pier at the epicenter of the explosion.
 
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