Huge Explosion in Lebanon's capital Beirut, 73 Killed
2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate which was present for six years in the warehouse caused the blast on Tuesday. The actual reason is still unknown.
Beirut blast , has killed at least 70 people and injured more than 4,000 others, Ammonium nitrate is not an acid, but a salt but the solution is acidic since it is a salt with a weak base (ammonium hydroxide) and a heavy nitric acid.. Since it has got mixed in Air in heavy amount in small area many people will face breathing difficulty and bad odor will be spread In the air for a long time. It is a white crystalline solid and is highly soluble in water. It is the major constituent of ANFO, a popular industrial explosive which accounts for 80% of explosives used in North America.
President Michel Aoun tweeted it was "unacceptable" that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was stored unsafely.
The secretary-general of the Kataeb political party, Nizar Najarian, was killed in the blast, and among those injured was Kamal Hayek, the chairman of the state-owned electricity company, who was in critical condition.
Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced that Wednesday would be a national day of mourning, the National News Agency reported. The Lebanese presidency said on Twitter that President Michel Aoun had instructed the military to aid in the response, and called an emergency meeting of the Supreme Defense Council, which declared Beirut a disaster area.