Citing experts, fact-checkers at Vice and Lead Stories have concluded that the explosion in Beirut was not a nuclear blast.
The Lebanese prime minister says ammonium nitrate was the likely cause after 2,750 tons was “left unsecured for six years in a warehouse.”
What you need to know
– The explosion in Beirut was not a nuclear blast, fact-checkers and experts say
– Lead Stories and Vice concluded that based on information released by Lebanese officials, the explosion was likely caused by ammonium nitrate stored in a building
– Lebanon’s prime minister cited 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate left in a warehouse for six years as the likely cause
– The cause of the explosion is under investigation
“The Lebanese military told a freelance reporter on the ground in Beirut that it’s possible fireworks stored in the area caught fire and reached a nearby nitrate warehouse.
This isn’t that complicated, people. There is a fire and a secondary explosion. There are literally none of the phenomena one sees with a nuclear explosion. pic.twitter.com/OeT2ohd7hg— Jeffrey Lewis (@ArmsControlWonk) August 4, 2020