Italy: An explosives expert has revealed that there was no stockpile of ammonium nitrate at the port of Beirut, but the explosion was caused by a military missile.
A bomb blast near the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has killed at least 160 people and injured more than 6,000, officials say.
Initially, the cause of the blasts was said to be ammonium nitrate, which was said to be stored at the port of Beirut.
According to a foreign news agency, an Italian explosives expert has revealed that the real cause of the Beirut blasts was not ammonium nitrate but military missiles.
“I think there were weapons and ammunition at the time of the explosion at the Lebanese port, as confirmed by the fact that there were orange clouds of smoke after the explosion,” Italian expert Danilo Kobe told the Italian newspaper.
“The question is, should there have been any factors to blow up the ammonium nitrate material, otherwise how did it all explode together?” He asked.
The Italian expert explained that a yellow cloud is formed when an ammonium nitrate is detonated. However, the vast cloud that appeared in the dynamite port explosion was reddish-orange, a color that traditionally detects lithium (metal), which is considered a key element in the development of missiles.
“What happened in Beirut is related to the temporary stockpile of weapons in the port. I think the first medium-sized explosion caused a fire at an ammunition depot,” he added.
It should be noted that the people working at the port had revealed yesterday that the fireworks bags were safe at the port of Beirut along with the highly explosive ammonium nitrate which caused the explosion and its destruction was spread in the whole city.
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