Add this to your list of crazy 2020 events.

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  2. DJ4SC

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    Looked like some sort of tanker. Could be anything but I’m going to bet on incompetence.
     
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    Port = likely storage for petroleum, kerosene, natural gas. Any leak or weak protection (perhaps while filling or discharging from tank) with fire and firework projectiles flying around, is not good.
     
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    Another explanation was that a Hezbollah owned warehouse blew up.
     
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    Wow....looked like munitions were exploding prior to the Big Bang if you look closely!
     
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    Yea, one video down a ways showed some sort of what looked like gunfire.
    Amazing explosion
     
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    Or didn’t pay their protection money
     
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    Israelis suggesting it was munitions as well, with one of the flattened sites a known location for missile accuracy development efforts.
     
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    I read a report that it was a fireworks warehouse. Maybe they were about to celebrate the birthday on today's date in 1961 of a very prominent enemy of Israel.
     
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    Mostly Peaceful Protest.
     
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    UPDATE: HUNDREDS OF CASUALTIES FOLLOWING EXPLOSION IN BEIRUT; LEBANESE SECURITY NOW SAYS HIGH EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS CONFISCATED FROM A SHIP ARE TO BLAME
    by Kevin Ryan
    Major General Abbas Ibrahim, of Lebanon's General Security Directorate, said the massive blast that shook Beirut's port area on Tuesday was caused by “high explosive materials” that were “confiscated” and stored in a warehouse that caught fire.
    “Talking about fireworks is ridiculous, there is no fireworks but highly explosive materials,” Ibrahim told local media.
    Interior Minister Mohammed Fahmi said preliminary investigations had found that the warehouse contained sodium nitrate, which had been seized from a ship and was due to be disposed of.
    More footage of the gigantic explosion that rocked Lebanon’s capital of Beirut is emerging. It shows an initial fire, with small explosions typical of munitions or fireworks popping off, followed by an enormous blast that engulfs nearby structures and vehicles.
    “What we saw looked like Hiroshima or Nagasaki. It’s absolutely unprecedented in Lebanon’s history,” says Beirut governor Marwan Aboud.
    Reports of mass casualties are coming in, as fires still rage. Helicopters can be seen dropping water on several areas that remain ablaze.
    Dozens of people are reportedly dead or wounded. Lebanese media carried images of people trapped under rubble, some bloodied.
    Georges Kettaneh, the president of the Lebanese Red Cross, referred to "hundreds of wounded" in a statement on Lebanese LBC television, adding: "We are overwhelmed by phone calls."
    At least one hospital was overwhelmed and was turning wounded people away.
    On social media, people reported damage to homes and cars far from the port.
     
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    The White House said President Trump had been briefed on the incident and the U.S. State Department released a statement saying it was "closely following" the situation.
    "We extend our deepest condolences to all those affected, and stand ready to offer all possible assistance," the statement said. "We are working closely with local authorities to determine if any U.S. citizens were affected."
    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 on Tuesday evening.
    Israel has denied responsibility for the explosions. The country attacked several Hezbollah and Syrian targets last night in retaliation for an attempted attack by militants with explosives at the border.
    The explosions also come as Lebanon awaits the verdict on Friday on the 2005 murder of former Lebanese premier Rafic Hariri, killed in a huge truck bomb attack.
    Four alleged members of the Shiite Muslim fundamentalist group Hezbollah are on trial in absentia at the court in the Netherlands over the huge Beirut suicide bombing that killed Sunni billionaire Hariri and 21 other people.
    A woman in the city center said of today’s blast: "It felt like an earthquake ... I felt it was bigger than the explosion in the assassination of Rafic Hariri in 2005".
     
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    Hmmm......yep, incompetence.
     
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    Ammonium Nitrate
    Boom!
     
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    That was a big one

    Aside time ==

    The explosion against which all others are measured is the the Halifax Explosion -- December 6, 1917.

    A French cargo ship laden with high explosives collided with a Norwegian vessel in the upper Halifax Harbour, A fire on board the French ship ignited her cargo, causing a massive explosion that devastated the Richmond district of Halifax. The blast was the largest man-made explosion at the time.

    After Hiroshima, the public was told the blast was "seven times the Halifax Explosion."

    I wonder where this one would rate on the Halifax scale?
     
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