Beirut Explosion?

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  1. UBOATDOC

    UBOATDOC THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU......LATER Supporting Addict

    Apr 5, 2015
    I had read that those are grain elevators? Pretty stout to withstand that at basically point blank range.
     
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  2. kevinlittell

    kevinlittell Well-Known Member

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    Apr 4, 2020
    BBC is reporting it as a welding accident on the fireworks warehouse.. This replaced the RECORD explosion in downtown Beirut FORMERLY held by the USS New Jersey which fired a 9 gun broadside on a building housing snipers firing on Marines trying to dig out their Brothers from the barracks....


    (NOTE: snipers went silent for almost 32 hours upon receipt of the salvo...Why??? Ask the Japanese!!!)

    That Salvo was fired in response to the bombs that blew up both the embassy and the barracks...

    The previous record was held by the IDF just months earlier who threw artillery and aerial bombs on the city spurning the Marine involvement.


    Moral of the story?? The more things change the more they stay the same.
     
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  3. Razer

    Razer On The Razers Edge Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Jul 1, 2012
    Agreed, I think there is more to the story.
     
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  4. 7.62Kolectr

    7.62Kolectr On guard

    Jun 6, 2018
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  5. WoodrowAugustus

    WoodrowAugustus Well-Known Member

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    Jan 16, 2018
    A terrible amount of human suffering for those people. Economic crisis, then COVID, then this devastation, then a food crisis as their corn and wheat supplies are destroyed in the blast.
     
  6. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    Nope 2700 pounds of ammonium Nitrate.
     
  7. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    2700 pounds, not tons..
     
  8. djc

    djc Active Member

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    Jul 1, 2013
    They are silos.
     
  9. Uncle Bob

    Uncle Bob Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2017
    Whomever said 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate was right. Just caught the update. Improperly stored and shouldn't have been there.
     
  10. UBOATDOC

    UBOATDOC THE DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU......LATER Supporting Addict

    Apr 5, 2015
    Very sad tragedy. I am sure it was an overwhelming mass casualty situation when you see the devastation. Probably hundreds of thousands displaced as most places look unlivable.
     
  11. slingerbelt

    slingerbelt Deer Magnet

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    Aug 13, 2018
    Would't be surprised if they are. Them and their world domination BS.
     
  12. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    Man oh man! Talk about a negligent discharge.
    That definitely takes the prize!
     
  13. 7.62Kolectr

    7.62Kolectr On guard

    Jun 6, 2018

    An estimated 300,000 people are now without a home or in one severely destroyed. As more and more comes out it’s truly amazing how much damage they did. They felt the blast 100 miles away in Cyprus! Good grief.
     
  14. rhsth4

    rhsth4 Well-Known Member

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  15. MatttheHatt

    MatttheHatt Member

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    Jan 28, 2019
    I think that is a silo

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  16. MatttheHatt

    MatttheHatt Member

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    Jan 28, 2019
    It can self contain and detonate all on its lonesome, Texas City... West...

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  17. Larry Baldwin

    Larry Baldwin Well-Known Member

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  18. 7.62Kolectr

    7.62Kolectr On guard

    Jun 6, 2018
    Another video I found elsewhere, screen recorded and loaded to youtube.
    Closest one I’ve seen. It shows both explosions and fireworks going off. Unfortunately it says the person who recorded it died. Which from this close one can certainly understand it.
    Seems like the time to have left the area and gotten to some sort of safety passed and instead they stood around recording.


     
  19. Jim w.

    Jim w. Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2016
    I had a school teacher who regaled the 6th grade (!) with the story of the Texas City explosion. Said to be 2300 tons of AN, same close order of magnitude.

    There were reports that McVeigh primed his AN with nitromethane, purchased at drag strips. Greater sensitivity, greater power than ANFO but handling properties were against industrial or military use.

    The main advantage of ammonium nitrate is that it is cheap, cheap enough to throw on the ground. It has been used in military explosives as an extender for more expensive stuff, q.v. Amatol, AN + TNT.
     
  20. LYKUNO

    LYKUNO Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2018
    Here's a video compendium of 14 different views of the explosion...
     
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