A massive explosion shook the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on Tuesday. As of Tuesday night Eastern Time, at least 100 were reported dead and more than 4,000 wounded, according to the Lebanese Red Cross.
Early reporting pointed to a fire at a fireworks storage facility as the cause of the blast, but the director-general of Lebanese intelligence suggested that confiscated high-explosive materials stored at the local port triggered the explosion.
The Lebanese prime minister later said that the blast was caused by the ignition of more than 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that was improperly stored in the area.
A red-orange cloud — the color of which would be explained by nitrates — lingered over part of the city after the explosion, which caused extensive damage.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
A massive explosion and a serious shock wave shook the Lebanese capital city of Beirut on Tuesday, killing at least 100 people and wounding more than 4,000 others, according to the Lebanese Red Cross.
Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said the blast — video of which quickly surfaced on social media — was caused by the ignition of more than 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored, insecurely, at a warehouse. The explosion is under investigation.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
Read more: feedproxy.google.com