The massive explosion that sent a shockwave through Beirut killed at least 100 people and leaving thousands more injured… appears to have been caused by the detonation of more than 27-hundred metric tons of ammonium nitrate, the same compound used in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Officials in Beirut say the explosives were seized from a cargo ship in 2014 and they were being stored in a warehouse at the dock.
Lebanon’s prime minister says it was left unsecured in a warehouse for six years.
The Lebanese government says those responsible will be held accountable.
UPDATE: At least 10 people were killed by an explosion in Beirut, security officials told @Reuters.
▪️ The cause and total casualties are unknown
▪️ "Dozens" wounded, say officials
▪️ Witnesses report people hit by flying glass, debris
▪️ Explosion heard 150 miles away in Cyprus pic.twitter.com/zWzBbsrnip
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