Beirut, 4th September: More explosives have been found outside Beirut port month after the deadly explosion in the capital of Lebanon.
According to Reuters, workers searched through the site of the Beirut blast after the army found more explosive chemicals nearby. The chemicals are being dealt with and destroyed by army experts.
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Fox News revealed that the Lebanese Army on Thursday discovered more than four tons of ammonium nitrate near Beirut’s port, where a deadly explosion killed nearly 200 people last month.
The military said army experts were called in for an inspection and found the dangerous chemical in four containers near the port. However, there were no details on the origin of the chemicals or their owner.
The customs officials had called in the army to inspect containers at a facility near the port, where they found the ammonium nitrate. It said army experts were “dealing with the material,” an apparent reference to it being destroyed.
The port chief, Bassem al-Qaisi, told reporters that there are 43 containers containing flammable material left in the area, adding that the army is doing its best to keep the containers safe. Al-Qaisi said he repeatedly asked customs authorities to take away the material.
French and Italian chemical experts working in the remains of the port identified more than 20 containers carrying dangerous chemicals, days after the August 4 blast.
FBI and the French experts have been carrying out their investigations, the results of which are yet to be disclosed.
More than 200 people were killed and 6,000 people were injured in the Aug. 4 catastrophic explosion that tore through Lebanon’s capital. Investigators said the explosion was caused by about 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stacked in unsafe conditions in a port warehouse and neglected for years.
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