Two tons of ammonium nitrate was used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that brought down a federal building and killed 168 people. More than 2,700 tons of the chemical used in fertilizer and bombs is believed to have detonated Tuesday and destroyed the Port of Beirut, leveled surrounding neighborhoods, injured at least 4,000 people and killed more than 110.
Officials in Lebanon are saying the ammonium nitrate had been stored in a warehouse since it was confiscated in 2014.
The death toll is expected to continue to climb as more than 100 people are reported missing and rescue crews in Beirut are combing through rubble. One of the missing is an employee of the CMA CGM Group, which said it has 261 people based in Beirut.
“At this stage, the preliminary toll shows two seriously injured and many minor injuries. One member of our staff at the port is currently missing. We are doing our utmost to locate him in collaboration with local authorities,” CMA CGM said Wednesday, adding that its headquarters in Lebanon, located a few hundred yards from the site of the explosion, was severely damaged.
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Source: American Shipper