What we know:
1. More than 70 deaths confirmed and 4,000 injured.
2. A massive explosion preceded by a small explosion.
3. Health facilities along the waterfront were tremendously affected by the blast.
4. Ammonium nitrate (a highly explosive compound) was present in the site of the explosion.
5. Explosion was seen at least 2 miles from area with over 750,000 residents.
6. Hospitals in the city are currently at capacity dealing with the aftermath of the explosion.
Ammonium nitrate was accidentally detonated causing a chain reaction of explosions in Beirut at 6.08 pm on Tuesday 4th August 2020. This compound commonly used in bombs caught fire and exploded in Lebanese capital raising speculation about a terrorist attack. “It was a bomb of some kind ” President Trump claimed.
Lebanese Higher Defense Council quoted Prime Minister Diab as saying: “I will not relax until we find the responsible party for what happened, hold it accountable and apply the most serious punishments against it because it isn’t acceptable that a shipment of ammonium nitrate — estimated to be 2,750 tons — was in a depot for the past six years without precautionary measures being taken.”