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2020-08-05 8:31:14 AM  
80 votes:
So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.
 
2020-08-05 9:17:54 AM  
29 votes:
So if you see this on the road. Give it a WIDE berth.
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2020-08-05 9:10:08 AM  
29 votes:
This story is a libertarian wet dream come to life.
 
2020-08-05 9:26:24 AM  
25 votes:

Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.


See also: West, Texas

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2020-08-05 9:22:15 AM  
25 votes:

Private_Citizen: Smoking GNU: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

The port, not the city center.

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The port is in the city center. Houses are just on the other side of the street from the warehouses where they stored 3000 Tons of explosive fertilizer.

/At least when Pepcon blew up it was in the middle of nowhere.


Beirut is an ancient city.  "Zoning laws" don't really come into play here, unless you're suggesting they should have taken time in the middle of their civil war to build an entirely new port separate from the one the city grew around for thousands of years.
 
2020-08-05 9:15:55 AM  
25 votes:

Smoking GNU: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

The port, not the city center.


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The port is in the city center. Houses are just on the other side of the street from the warehouses where they stored 3000 Tons of explosive fertilizer.

/At least when Pepcon blew up it was in the middle of nowhere.
 
2020-08-05 9:14:24 AM  
22 votes:
Turns out, keeping a mountain of explosive material unsecured in a warehouse for six years is a bad idea. Who knew?
 
2020-08-05 9:36:42 AM  
17 votes:
I can't help but think this was a huge failure of bureaucracy.  So they had to unload this nitrate from a sinking ship because it was an emergency, ok.  Then they stuffed it all I. A warehouse because where else are they going to put it?  Then for the next six years, getting rid of it got embroiled in a perfect storm of safety and environmental concerns until it settled on "out of sight, out of mind."

Right now people's phones are ringing and they're being asked why they didn't do anything about it, and they're saying "it's not my department, I told Bob years ago we need to do something about it."  And Bob will be saying how he filed a form with the proper departments and it never got approval, and there was never any money in the budget to handle it anyway.
 
2020-08-05 9:46:02 AM  
16 votes:

OldJames: JerryHeisenberg: This story is a libertarian wet dream come to life.

That shows you don't understand what libertarians want, probably at all. Where did you learn your political science, from the media, or from a meme? (You are probably thinking of an anarchist, who believes in no government at all, it is a common mistake made in the big government circles)
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On a funny note...

Ammonium nitrate is a white crystalline solid that is primarily used to add nitrogen to soil as a form of fertiliser

I use a white crystalline solid, but it doesn't add nitrogen to soil, it adds fun to parties

Also, whoever wrote this article spelled fertilizer wrong, or hunspell is out of date


Objectivism is autism, expressed as an existential philosophy.
Libertarianism is autism expressed as a political philosophy.
(PS: I've forgotten more than you'll ever know about the Ayn Rand/Libertarian cult - learned in on the inside).
It's a cheap, crappy intellectual hustle.
 
2020-08-05 9:49:41 AM  
15 votes:

Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.


Apparently, the 2015 Tianjin explosion involved less than a third of the amount stored here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki​/2015_T​ianjin_explosions

When you have worse safety standards than China, you're really looking for trouble.
 
2020-08-05 10:36:38 AM  
14 votes:
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2020-08-05 9:14:33 AM  
14 votes:
Yup, good old ammonium nitrate.  Not the first time, won't be the last time.
 
2020-08-05 9:21:03 AM  
13 votes:

Wasteland: Yup, good old ammonium nitrate.  Not the first time, won't be the last time.


FT (linked) article - the detailed Bosch explosion was crazy enough (dynamite + Amm. Nitrate??), but the Texas incident description is even more nuts:

"imagine workers filling a ship with bags of ammonium nitrate mixture which already felt oddly warm to the touch, and the repeated failed attempts to put out the later autoignition of the now glowing-red cargo holdas the water of the harbor began to boil around it"
 
2020-08-05 10:45:54 AM  
12 votes:

Loren: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

Somehow I don't think it really was ammonium nitrate.  Rather, I strongly suspect this was a Hezbollah ammo dump that went up.


Borrowed from another Farker:
Reported 2016, as to why the nitrate was there
2013:
- Ship emergency stops in Beirut
- Port authorities forbid ship from sailing (will be seaworthiness)
- Legit crew repatriated, four crew members and master stuck on board. Not allowed to hop off.
- Owner of the vessel shiats their pants and abandons it and the cargo
- Creditors seek legal counsel and contest ship contents and get arrest warrants for crew members
- Crew members seek legal counsel because they don't want to be stuck on board a ship containing highly dangerous ammonium nitrate.
- Crew members granted repatriation due to safety concerns
- Beirut seizes ship and contents, sticks them in a warehouse pending auction or disposal

2016: Goods still sitting in a warehouse waiting to be disposed or sold, likely forgotten.

2020: Beirut gets a reminder the explosive fertilizer was still there.

Source

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2020-08-05 9:24:04 AM  
12 votes:

NEDM: Private_Citizen: Smoking GNU: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

The port, not the city center.

[Fark user image 425x590]
The port is in the city center. Houses are just on the other side of the street from the warehouses where they stored 3000 Tons of explosive fertilizer.

/At least when Pepcon blew up it was in the middle of nowhere.

Beirut is an ancient city.  "Zoning laws" don't really come into play here, unless you're suggesting they should have taken time in the middle of their civil war to build an entirely new port separate from the one the city grew around for thousands of years.


I'm suggesting they store explosives in a warehouse AWAY from the city.

But I guess sometimes people need to see a city destroyed to understand why that's important.
 
2020-08-05 9:23:38 AM  
12 votes:

Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.


Errrrr you might want to take a look then at where your rail, ports, and trucking depots lie if you live in the rust belt. Hopefully they have better zoning where you live.
Generally there will be some pretty dicey industries in your old downtowns or nearby as these were the jobs in walking or mass transit distance during the early and mid 20th century that led to the development of densely populated urban centers.
I'm from st louis, MO... Where we have an uncontained underground fire burning into improperly stored nuclear waste in a landfill near the airport.
I wouldnt be surprised if the Beirut explosion was just a result of poor handling.
 
2020-08-05 9:06:01 AM  
12 votes:

Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.


The port, not the city center.
 
2020-08-05 10:25:14 AM  
9 votes:

joker420: Why do the people in third world countries  pick up the freshly wounded and run? Lol


It's been a war zone in the not too distance past. Picking up the wounded and running was the way to save them. Lol
 
2020-08-05 9:36:52 AM  
9 votes:

OldJames: JerryHeisenberg: This story is a libertarian wet dream come to life.

That shows you don't understand what libertarians want, probably at all. Where did you learn your political science, from the media, or from a meme? (You are probably thinking of an anarchist, who believes in no government at all, it is a common mistake made in the big government circles)
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On a funny note...

Ammonium nitrate is a white crystalline solid that is primarily used to add nitrogen to soil as a form of fertiliser

I use a white crystalline solid, but it doesn't add nitrogen to soil, it adds fun to parties

Also, whoever wrote this article spelled fertilizer wrong, or hunspell is out of date


Thx. Farkied as a libertarian
 
2020-08-05 10:01:06 AM  
8 votes:

Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.


It's not just that they were storing ammonium nitrate. It was a concentrated form that was being stored improperly. Next to a fireworks warehouse. And a grain silo.


NEDM: Private_Citizen: I'm suggesting they store explosives in a warehouse AWAY from the city.

But I guess sometimes people need to see a city destroyed to understand why that's important

Pretty much everyone agrees on the first one.  In fact, a great deal of the outrage is from people asking what the hell that much AN was doing in the port in the first place, let alone how it was forgotten for six farking years.


Apparently it had been seized years earlier from a Ukrainian flagged ship(with Russian owners) trying to smuggle it. Because it was this concentrated form it was unsuitable for resell to agricultural interests so they just let it rot in this warehouse.
 
2020-08-05 9:35:40 AM  
8 votes:
I'm not sure I need a scientist to explain how 3 kilotons of explosives going off in the center of town could level a good portion of a city.
 
2020-08-05 9:28:25 AM  
8 votes:

Smoking GNU: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

The port, not the city center.


STILL one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

ALSO one of the best arguments I've seen for material handling laws.
 
2020-08-05 9:26:34 AM  
8 votes:

Private_Citizen: I'm suggesting they store explosives in a warehouse AWAY from the city.

But I guess sometimes people need to see a city destroyed to understand why that's important


Pretty much everyone agrees on the first one.  In fact, a great deal of the outrage is from people asking what the hell that much AN was doing in the port in the first place, let alone how it was forgotten for six farking years.
 
2020-08-05 11:30:05 AM  
7 votes:

Loren: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

Somehow I don't think it really was ammonium nitrate.  Rather, I strongly suspect this was a Hezbollah ammo dump that went up.


I strongly suspect that you're stupid.
 
2020-08-05 11:29:53 AM  
7 votes:

MilesTeg: Very common substance. Wonder how many other huge warehouses exist not unlike this one around the world...

Wonder how many terrorists are taking note....


I know people in the Personal Storage Unit business. There are stories. I will not live closer than a mile from any of those places.
 
2020-08-05 10:29:09 AM  
6 votes:

joker420: Why do the people in third world countries  pick up the freshly wounded and run? Lol


So helping other people makes you laugh.  You are a sociopath.
 
2020-08-05 10:05:51 AM  
6 votes:

zbtop: I'm not sure I need a scientist to explain how 3 kilotons of explosives going off in the center of town could level a good portion of a city.


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2020-08-05 9:56:22 AM  
6 votes:

NEDM: In fact, a great deal of the outrage is from people asking what the hell that much AN was doing in the port in the first place, let alone how it was forgotten for six farking years.


The AN was confiscated by the Lebanese port authority from a ship, the MV Rhosus, that ran into legal troubles while docked in Beirut.  https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/​2​-750-tons-of-ammonium-nitrate-was-impo​unded-in-beirut-s-port-after-it-was-se​ized-from-an-abandoned-ship-in-2014-ye​ars-before-the-explosion/ar-BB17BeNF
 
2020-08-05 10:19:37 AM  
5 votes:

NM Volunteer: UNC_Samurai: Wasteland: Yup, good old ammonium nitrate.  Not the first time, won't be the last time.

And Texas City was about 500 fewer tons than Beirut.  I haven't been able to find anything noting how much was being illegally stored at the West, TX facility though.

Wikipedia says 240 tons at West, but it was probably more.  I felt it down in Waco, so it must have been more.


Interesting note: everyone saying Oklahoma City was 2 tons, and Texas was 240 tons, are speaking in short tons (2000 lbs). The 2,750 tons in Beirut are Metric Tons (2204 lbs). To compare like units, that's 3031 tons in Beirut.

/And that's generally known as a metric farkton of badness.
 
2020-08-05 10:10:06 AM  
5 votes:

Inebriated Bolshevik Muppet: Private_Citizen: NEDM: Private_Citizen: Smoking GNU: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

The port, not the city center.

[Fark user image 425x590]
The port is in the city center. Houses are just on the other side of the street from the warehouses where they stored 3000 Tons of explosive fertilizer.

/At least when Pepcon blew up it was in the middle of nowhere.

Beirut is an ancient city.  "Zoning laws" don't really come into play here, unless you're suggesting they should have taken time in the middle of their civil war to build an entirely new port separate from the one the city grew around for thousands of years.

I'm suggesting they store explosives in a warehouse AWAY from the city.

But I guess sometimes people need to see a city destroyed to understand why that's important.

It's a damned-if-you-do situation.

You have to MOVE it to the storage location too, you know. And that's just as risky as letting it sit for 6 years. What are you going to do, built a dock 30 miles outside of the city just to offload the material?


You move it, truck by truck, outside the city or to a quarry. It is safe to transport, and much less dangerous when not kept in huge amounts.

Then you destroy it in a controlled manner, which is easier when not kept in huge amounts and in a place that won't level the area around it.
 
2020-08-05 9:29:21 AM  
5 votes:

iamskibibitz: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

See also: West, Texas

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Yeah and they were just Making it there. They likely only had small amounts on hand before shipping it out. If that were a warehouse Storing it? That neighborhood would have been erased.
 
2020-08-05 10:00:31 AM  
4 votes:
And in the meantime, how much fertilizer been used in Lebanon over the last 5 years that was paid for by the people who farm when they had 2700 tons of it sitting in the middle of the most important port in the country just taking up space?
 
2020-08-05 9:54:26 AM  
4 votes:

Rapmaster2000: Wrong.  All the generals are telling Mr. Donald JOHN Trump that this was an attack.  An attack that started with a fire in a fireworks warehouse that spread to the warehouse where old fertilizer was stored.  It has all the trademarks of an attack!


As opposed to Fark, which quickly turned into "The Jews Did This" yesterday....
 
2020-08-05 9:49:42 AM  
4 votes:

theresnothinglft: Now's the perfect chance to build the new shipping port 30 miles out of town... since the old one got leveled.


People don't found cities and then construct a suitable port.  Cities tend to grow up around suitable harbors. I guess some of that has changed with mega-construction techniques but nothing beats a quirk of nature for making a great harbor.
 
2020-08-05 12:05:59 PM  
3 votes:

Geotpf: It being on fire, however, was.


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2020-08-05 11:38:57 AM  
3 votes:

Inebriated Bolshevik Muppet: WelldeadLink: Discordulator: You move it, truck by truck, outside the city or to a quarry. It is safe to transport, and much less dangerous when not kept in huge amounts.

Then you destroy it in a controlled manner, which is easier when not kept in huge amounts and in a place that won't level the area around it.

You destroy it by selling the fertilizer to farmers. When the government remembers to do so.

Nitropril isn't fertilizer. It's not even ready made into fertilizer.


See picture a couple posts before yours. Big bags loosely stored and stacked on the dirt floor of a dilapidated warehouse building. No shelves. No climate control. Right next to a fireworks warehouse and a grain silo. That was a disaster waiting to happen.
 
2020-08-05 11:32:11 AM  
3 votes:

OldJames: That shows you don't understand what libertarians want, probably at all.


No, he does, he's just being intellectually dishonest. He doesn't actually care what you believe, the purity test is all that matters.
 
2020-08-05 11:28:28 AM  
3 votes:

Private_Citizen: Smoking GNU: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

The port, not the city center.

[Fark user image 425x590]
The port is in the city center. Houses are just on the other side of the street from the warehouses where they stored 3000 Tons of explosive fertilizer.

/At least when Pepcon blew up it was in the middle of nowhere.



Time is the answer, time and slow evolution driven mostly by market costs is what you did not take into account for  your POV on the situaiotn.

Why is a port where it is?
due to natural geological feat5ures most of the time, not an arbitrary thing we can build just anywhere, especially the more back in time we go.

And why are busy population centered located where they are?
Generally due to proximity convince to features that provide work or food, like ports and airports and natural resource centers.

And while it is common for airports to be built outside of city population centers, eventually a lot of the cities have grown out to where the airports were built and now many of the major airports of thew world have dense population centers near them and under heavy air traffic lanes.

While ports, you know the boats that won't fall out the sky onto your house. Those did not have the same considerations applied to their locations. And practically all the ports of the world came into existence long before the airports. So not nearly as much city and urban planning and design went into many of them.

The time flow is, ports go where ports can go, and cities just grow up around them over time. Most major ports of the world have been where they are for generations now.

The way you describe "why did they put it there in the middle of the city" is basically irrational and irrelevant a question to ask, as it assume wrongly the entire city and port were all planned at once together in a coherent way, rather than slowly wound up that way over many many many decades or hundreds of years with no single plan being carried out over many generations.
 
2020-08-05 11:17:40 AM  
3 votes:

Private_Citizen: Loren: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

Somehow I don't think it really was ammonium nitrate.  Rather, I strongly suspect this was a Hezbollah ammo dump that went up.

Borrowed from another Farker:
Reported 2016, as to why the nitrate was there
2013:
- Ship emergency stops in Beirut
- Port authorities forbid ship from sailing (will be seaworthiness)
- Legit crew repatriated, four crew members and master stuck on board. Not allowed to hop off.
- Owner of the vessel shiats their pants and abandons it and the cargo
- Creditors seek legal counsel and contest ship contents and get arrest warrants for crew members
- Crew members seek legal counsel because they don't want to be stuck on board a ship containing highly dangerous ammonium nitrate.
- Crew members granted repatriation due to safety concerns
- Beirut seizes ship and contents, sticks them in a warehouse pending auction or disposal

2016: Goods still sitting in a warehouse waiting to be disposed or sold, likely forgotten.

2020: Beirut gets a reminder the explosive fertilizer was still there.

Source

[Fark user image image 425x499]


Holy shiat, could you imagine if someone from OSHA walked into this shot.  There palms would be sweating.
 
2020-08-05 10:23:56 AM  
3 votes:

Discordulator: You move it, truck by truck, outside the city or to a quarry. It is safe to transport, and much less dangerous when not kept in huge amounts.


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Two different trucks don't agree with your assessment.
 
2020-08-05 9:55:10 AM  
3 votes:
Very common substance. Wonder how many other huge warehouses exist not unlike this one around the world...

Wonder how many terrorists are taking note....
 
2020-08-05 9:55:06 AM  
3 votes:

iamskibibitz: See also: West, Texas


Why do they always put nursing homes across the street from schools?

Theres one in my Heights neighborhood in Houston. Seems kinda cruel.
 
2020-08-05 9:52:37 AM  
3 votes:

theresnothinglft: Now's the perfect chance to build the new shipping port 30 miles out of town... since the old one got leveled.


With what money?
 
2020-08-05 9:45:05 AM  
3 votes:
Now's the perfect chance to build the new shipping port 30 miles out of town... since the old one got leveled.
 
2020-08-05 9:35:07 AM  
3 votes:

JerryHeisenberg: This story is a libertarian wet dream come to life.


That shows you don't understand what libertarians want, probably at all. Where did you learn your political science, from the media, or from a meme? (You are probably thinking of an anarchist, who believes in no government at all, it is a common mistake made in the big government circles)
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On a funny note...

Ammonium nitrate is a white crystalline solid that is primarily used to add nitrogen to soil as a form of fertiliser

I use a white crystalline solid, but it doesn't add nitrogen to soil, it adds fun to parties

Also, whoever wrote this article spelled fertilizer wrong, or hunspell is out of date
 
2020-08-05 9:29:48 AM  
3 votes:

Rapmaster2000: Wrong.  All the generals are telling Mr. Donald JOHN Trump that this was an attack.  An attack that started with a fire in a fireworks warehouse that spread to the warehouse where old fertilizer was stored.  It has all the trademarks of an attack!


Israel immediately denied responsibility, but the sequence of events is typical of operations carried out by the infamous General Rube Goldberg.
 
2020-08-05 9:25:47 AM  
3 votes:

Doctor Poop: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

Errrrr you might want to take a look then at where your rail, ports, and trucking depots lie if you live in the rust belt. Hopefully they have better zoning where you live.
Generally there will be some pretty dicey industries in your old downtowns or nearby as these were the jobs in walking or mass transit distance during the early and mid 20th century that led to the development of densely populated urban centers.
I'm from st louis, MO... Where we have an uncontained underground fire burning into improperly stored nuclear waste in a landfill near the airport.
I wouldnt be surprised if the Beirut explosion was just a result of poor handling.


I used to live in St. Louis, and am well aware of that fire. That whole story is a tragedy of mismanagement and illegal behavior.

You'll be lucky if it doesn't get MUCH worse.
 
2020-08-05 6:09:28 PM  
2 votes:

xanadian: Associate Professor Stewart Walker from the school of Forensic, Environmental and Analytical Chemistry at Flinders University said ammonium nitrate is not flammable but will "support a fire by providing oxygen to burn".

stupid Flinders...


I have heard people claim that ammonium nitrate is an explosive in its own right, while Wikipedia claims that it is not, and a fuel must be added.  And yet Wiki also claims that the thermal decomposition of NH4NO3 is exothermic, and explosive above a critical mass.  Anyone with experience in this matter?

The reaction:

NH4NO3 → N2O + 2H2O  (below 300°C)

...makes it look like the ammonia is burning, using the nitrate as an oxidizer.  That sounds like all the ingredients for a self-contained explosive to me.   At higher temperatures, another reaction dominates,

2NH4NO3 → 2N2 + O2 + 4H2O  (above 300°C)

I assume this is even more exothermic because the N2 triple bond is able to re-form.
 
2020-08-05 2:48:59 PM  
2 votes:

Latinwolf: Smoking GNU: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

The port, not the city center.

JerryHeisenberg: This story is a libertarian wet dream come to life.


I was going to make a smart remark about Libertarians but you beat me to it.


No you weren't.
 
2020-08-05 11:34:25 AM  
2 votes:
MASSIVE Beirut Lebanon EXPLOSION *ALL ANGLES* Compilation
Youtube Sv8tS4_dRrk


There's your earth shattering kaboom.
 
2020-08-05 11:19:10 AM  
2 votes:

American-Irish eyes: Private_Citizen: Loren: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

Somehow I don't think it really was ammonium nitrate.  Rather, I strongly suspect this was a Hezbollah ammo dump that went up.

Borrowed from another Farker:
Reported 2016, as to why the nitrate was there
2013:
- Ship emergency stops in Beirut
- Port authorities forbid ship from sailing (will be seaworthiness)
- Legit crew repatriated, four crew members and master stuck on board. Not allowed to hop off.
- Owner of the vessel shiats their pants and abandons it and the cargo
- Creditors seek legal counsel and contest ship contents and get arrest warrants for crew members
- Crew members seek legal counsel because they don't want to be stuck on board a ship containing highly dangerous ammonium nitrate.
- Crew members granted repatriation due to safety concerns
- Beirut seizes ship and contents, sticks them in a warehouse pending auction or disposal

2016: Goods still sitting in a warehouse waiting to be disposed or sold, likely forgotten.

2020: Beirut gets a reminder the explosive fertilizer was still there.

Source

[Fark user image image 425x499]

Holy shiat, could you imagine if someone from OSHA walked into this shot.  There palms would be sweating.

My

palms are sweating.  Plastic does not do well in heat and salty humidity, and thousands of tons of fertilizer in plastic bags?  Holy shiat that is a scary photo.
 
2020-08-05 11:07:26 AM  
2 votes:

WelldeadLink: Discordulator: You move it, truck by truck, outside the city or to a quarry. It is safe to transport, and much less dangerous when not kept in huge amounts.

Then you destroy it in a controlled manner, which is easier when not kept in huge amounts and in a place that won't level the area around it.

You destroy it by selling the fertilizer to farmers. When the government remembers to do so.


Nitropril isn't fertilizer. It's not even ready made into fertilizer.
 
2020-08-05 10:30:33 AM  
2 votes:

Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.


Somehow I don't think it really was ammonium nitrate.  Rather, I strongly suspect this was a Hezbollah ammo dump that went up.
 
2020-08-05 10:24:05 AM  
2 votes:

amindtat: Rapmaster2000: Wrong.  All the generals are telling Mr. Donald JOHN Trump that this was an attack.  An attack that started with a fire in a fireworks warehouse that spread to the warehouse where old fertilizer was stored.  It has all the trademarks of an attack!

The capitalized JOHN is a nice touch.


Sometimes I thicken it with "President Donald JOHN AND NOT HUSSEIN Trump."
 
2020-08-05 10:24:03 AM  
2 votes:

NEDM: Private_Citizen: Smoking GNU: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

The port, not the city center.

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The port is in the city center. Houses are just on the other side of the street from the warehouses where they stored 3000 Tons of explosive fertilizer.

/At least when Pepcon blew up it was in the middle of nowhere.

Beirut is an ancient city.  "Zoning laws" don't really come into play here, unless you're suggesting they should have taken time in the middle of their civil war to build an entirely new port separate from the one the city grew around for thousands of years.


Well they leveled part of their city.  Better now than never to start zoning.
 
2020-08-05 10:20:14 AM  
2 votes:

Geotpf: ...and then they just left the giant pile of ammonium nitrate in a warehouse in the middle of the city and forgot about. Brilliant!


Wouldn't surprise me if there weren't competing claims to the cargo.  The ship's owners declared bankruptcy and the ship's creditors might have been fighting it out amongst themselves, plus the Lebanese government might have had a claim to it either as confiscated goods (someone upthread mentioned it was being smuggled) and/or for port charges for a ship that was not allowed to sail.  That sort of competing-claims situation is something that can tie up a cargo in port for years.

That said, yes, a safer storage location should really have been found for the stuff.
 
2020-08-05 10:18:57 AM  
2 votes:

Discordulator: Inebriated Bolshevik Muppet: Private_Citizen: NEDM: Private_Citizen: Smoking GNU: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

The port, not the city center.

[Fark user image 425x590]
The port is in the city center. Houses are just on the other side of the street from the warehouses where they stored 3000 Tons of explosive fertilizer.

/At least when Pepcon blew up it was in the middle of nowhere.

Beirut is an ancient city.  "Zoning laws" don't really come into play here, unless you're suggesting they should have taken time in the middle of their civil war to build an entirely new port separate from the one the city grew around for thousands of years.

I'm suggesting they store explosives in a warehouse AWAY from the city.

But I guess sometimes people need to see a city destroyed to understand why that's important.

It's a damned-if-you-do situation.

You have to MOVE it to the storage location too, you know. And that's just as risky as letting it sit for 6 years. What are you going to do, built a dock 30 miles outside of the city just to offload the material?

You move it, truck by truck, outside the city or to a quarry if you're in a safe environment like the USA. It is safe to transport when you don't have a civil war and armed fighters running around, and much less dangerous when not kept in huge amounts which costs far less money to secure or be sure of in the middle of a warzone.

Then you destroy it in a controlled manner, which is easier when not kept in huge amounts and in a place that won't level the area around it.


We're talking about Lebanon, here. Not Cousin-Fark Kansas.
 
2020-08-05 10:16:04 AM  
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NEDM: geekbikerskum: NEDM: In fact, a great deal of the outrage is from people asking what the hell that much AN was doing in the port in the first place, let alone how it was forgotten for six farking years.

The AN was confiscated by the Lebanese port authority from a ship, the MV Rhosus, that ran into legal troubles while docked in Beirut.  https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/2​-750-tons-of-ammonium-nitrate-was-impo​unded-in-beirut-s-port-after-it-was-se​ized-from-an-abandoned-ship-in-2014-ye​ars-before-the-explosion/ar-BB17BeNF

That is known.  I meant why it was being stored in the port, considering its incredible danger.


Seems like it was taken off the ship and then everybody basically forgot about it.
 
2020-08-05 9:59:35 AM  
2 votes:

geekbikerskum: NEDM: In fact, a great deal of the outrage is from people asking what the hell that much AN was doing in the port in the first place, let alone how it was forgotten for six farking years.

The AN was confiscated by the Lebanese port authority from a ship, the MV Rhosus, that ran into legal troubles while docked in Beirut.  https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/2​-750-tons-of-ammonium-nitrate-was-impo​unded-in-beirut-s-port-after-it-was-se​ized-from-an-abandoned-ship-in-2014-ye​ars-before-the-explosion/ar-BB17BeNF


That is known.  I meant why it was being stored in the port, considering its incredible danger.
 
2020-08-05 9:17:05 AM  
2 votes:
Wrong.  All the generals are telling Mr. Donald JOHN Trump that this was an attack.  An attack that started with a fire in a fireworks warehouse that spread to the warehouse where old fertilizer was stored.  It has all the trademarks of an attack!
 
2020-08-05 7:17:37 PM  
1 vote:

Private_Citizen: iamskibibitz: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

See also: West, Texas

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Yeah and they were just Making it there. They likely only had small amounts on hand before shipping it out. If that were a warehouse Storing it? That neighborhood would have been erased.


On paper, the West, Texas plant wasn't even making NH4NO3.  According to the paperwork, it was an ammonia factory.  (Going from ammonia to ammonium nitrate requires a whole lot more equipment.)  But maybe that had been true the last time the factory was inspected, back in the 1980's.

Also, the factory was there before the school or the nursing home.  So, in this case it would have been the school and the nursing home that were violating the rules if there were any in Texas, not the factory.
 
2020-08-05 6:44:08 PM  
1 vote:

GRCooper: Found on the Reddits, don't know if accurate:

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then you check it for accuracy before you farking post it.
 
2020-08-05 6:25:16 PM  
1 vote:
I'm still sort of in awe that that much ammonium nitrate was being stored in the same warehouse as a bunch of fireworks, very short distance from a grain elevator (also prone to randomly going splodey).
 
2020-08-05 5:02:22 PM  
1 vote:

Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.


Next to a fireworks warehouse....
 
2020-08-05 2:15:40 PM  
1 vote:

Latinwolf: Smoking GNU: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

The port, not the city center.

JerryHeisenberg: This story is a libertarian wet dream come to life.


I was going to make a smart remark about Libertarians but you beat me to it.


You mean government incompetence causing untold suffering?
 
2020-08-05 12:08:35 PM  
1 vote:

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Discordulator: You move it, truck by truck, outside the city or to a quarry. It is safe to transport, and much less dangerous when not kept in huge amounts.

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Two different trucks don't agree with your assessment.


Okay, definitely not 100% safe.

Still, this was far less destructive than what happened, and is even less likely to happen if the trucks are thoroughly inspected beforehand due to the danger.
 
2020-08-05 11:50:33 AM  
1 vote:

PvtStash: Private_Citizen: Smoking GNU: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

The port, not the city center.

[Fark user image 425x590]
The port is in the city center. Houses are just on the other side of the street from the warehouses where they stored 3000 Tons of explosive fertilizer.

/At least when Pepcon blew up it was in the middle of nowhere.


Time is the answer, time and slow evolution driven mostly by market costs is what you did not take into account for  your POV on the situaiotn.

Why is a port where it is?
due to natural geological feat5ures most of the time, not an arbitrary thing we can build just anywhere, especially the more back in time we go.

And why are busy population centered located where they are?
Generally due to proximity convince to features that provide work or food, like ports and airports and natural resource centers.

And while it is common for airports to be built outside of city population centers, eventually a lot of the cities have grown out to where the airports were built and now many of the major airports of thew world have dense population centers near them and under heavy air traffic lanes.

While ports, you know the boats that won't fall out the sky onto your house. Those did not have the same considerations applied to their locations. And practically all the ports of the world came into existence long before the airports. So not nearly as much city and urban planning and design went into many of them.

The time flow is, ports go where ports can go, and cities just grow up around them over time. Most major ports of the world have been where they are for generations now.

The way you describe "why did they put it there in the middle of the city" is basically irrational and irrelevant a question to ask, as it assume wrongly the entire city and port were all planned at once together in a coherent way, rather than slowly wound up that way over many many many decades or hundreds of years with no single plan being carried out over many generations.


I liked how someone put the time perspective in one of the threads yesterday, something like: When the "port goes here, commerce goes here" decisions were being made in Beirut, Rome was the major global superpower.
 
2020-08-05 11:08:44 AM  
1 vote:

NM Volunteer: joker420: Why do the people in third world countries  pick up the freshly wounded and run? Lol

So helping other people makes you laugh.  You are a sociopath.


Lol, helping? Maybe, maybe not.
 
2020-08-05 10:34:22 AM  
1 vote:

Private_Citizen: Doctor Poop: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

Errrrr you might want to take a look then at where your rail, ports, and trucking depots lie if you live in the rust belt. Hopefully they have better zoning where you live.
Generally there will be some pretty dicey industries in your old downtowns or nearby as these were the jobs in walking or mass transit distance during the early and mid 20th century that led to the development of densely populated urban centers.
I'm from st louis, MO... Where we have an uncontained underground fire burning into improperly stored nuclear waste in a landfill near the airport.
I wouldnt be surprised if the Beirut explosion was just a result of poor handling.

I used to live in St. Louis, and am well aware of that fire. That whole story is a tragedy of mismanagement and illegal behavior.

You'll be lucky if it doesn't get MUCH worse.


*shrugs* when they started using that abandoned quarry as a landfill, Bridgeton was the middle of nowhere, same reason they built the airport there, which is famous for making the first presidential flight... it was Teddy Rossevelt, in a hot air balloon in the 19th century.

The nuclear waste dumped there was done so illegally, which is again, a good argument for zoning laws... and just laws in general and the EPA has been managing the whole site for 30 years.

It's actually well outside the city... but St.Louis is an oddity where the actual city is tiny and the county is huge... this is their problem.

/Fellow St. Louisan.
 
2020-08-05 10:32:49 AM  
1 vote:

Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.


Zoning laws..?
We need another amendment to the constitution demanding intelligence testing for patronage jobs.
I'm sure this is gonna get traced back to somebody's brother in law, and if there are enough sticky bits left to put back together...
He will be shouted at..! "You IDIOT!"
That ought to do it.

/ "our country" preemptively.
// from great disasters great insight.
/// incompetent leadership hiring friends.
//// looking at you de vos
 
2020-08-05 10:30:06 AM  
1 vote:

Inebriated Bolshevik Muppet: Discordulator: Inebriated Bolshevik Muppet: Private_Citizen: NEDM: Private_Citizen: Smoking GNU: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

The port, not the city center.

[Fark user image 425x590]
The port is in the city center. Houses are just on the other side of the street from the warehouses where they stored 3000 Tons of explosive fertilizer.

/At least when Pepcon blew up it was in the middle of nowhere.

Beirut is an ancient city.  "Zoning laws" don't really come into play here, unless you're suggesting they should have taken time in the middle of their civil war to build an entirely new port separate from the one the city grew around for thousands of years.

I'm suggesting they store explosives in a warehouse AWAY from the city.

But I guess sometimes people need to see a city destroyed to understand why that's important.

It's a damned-if-you-do situation.

You have to MOVE it to the storage location too, you know. And that's just as risky as letting it sit for 6 years. What are you going to do, built a dock 30 miles outside of the city just to offload the material?

You move it, truck by truck, outside the city or to a quarry if you're in a safe environment like the USA. It is safe to transport when you don't have a civil war and armed fighters running around, and much less dangerous when not kept in huge amounts which costs far less money to secure or be sure of in the middle of a warzone.

Then you destroy it in a controlled manner, which is easier when not kept in huge amounts and in a place that won't level the area around it.

We're talking about Lebanon, here. Not Cousin-Fark Kansas.


You are also talking about a current surge in violence when this stuff has been stored for 6 years, during relatively peaceful times.

Add on that keeping that much stored in one place could have been just as devastating as a wartime tool.

It's not like the whole country was crippled. Small truck operators could move the stuff without anyone even noticing. Like what happens with fertilizer trucks everywhere every day.
 
2020-08-05 10:24:27 AM  
1 vote:

JerryHeisenberg: This story is a libertarian wet dream come to life.


Well, ignoring the fact that the government seized somebody's 3,000 tons of explosive material.  Pretty sure they don't like stuff like that.

... and then screwed up the storage of it and now we have this.
 
2020-08-05 10:21:50 AM  
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hawcian: Inebriated Bolshevik Muppet: Private_Citizen: NEDM: Private_Citizen: Smoking GNU: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

The port, not the city center.

[Fark user image 425x590]
The port is in the city center. Houses are just on the other side of the street from the warehouses where they stored 3000 Tons of explosive fertilizer.

/At least when Pepcon blew up it was in the middle of nowhere.

Beirut is an ancient city.  "Zoning laws" don't really come into play here, unless you're suggesting they should have taken time in the middle of their civil war to build an entirely new port separate from the one the city grew around for thousands of years.

I'm suggesting they store explosives in a warehouse AWAY from the city.

But I guess sometimes people need to see a city destroyed to understand why that's important.

It's a damned-if-you-do situation.

You have to MOVE it to the storage location too, you know. And that's just as risky as letting it sit for 6 years. What are you going to do, built a dock 30 miles outside of the city just to offload the material?

Why would moving it be risky? It's not nitroglycerin, exploding if you look at it the wrong way. It's transported all over the place as fertilizer. You just have to keep it away from fire or exploding things, which is why a dock is a really dumb place to store it, since there tends to be a ton of flammable things stored around there.


It's Lebanon, not Cousin-Fark Kansas. Anybody remember the whole spillover from the Syrian Civil war?

There were gun battles in the streets all over Lebanon? Bombings? Rocket Attacks?

Not exactly the best environment to plan moving any energetic material.
 
2020-08-05 10:02:02 AM  
1 vote:

Wasteland: Yup, good old ammonium nitrate.  Not the first time, won't be the last time.


And Texas City was about 500 fewer tons than Beirut.  I haven't been able to find anything noting how much was being illegally stored at the West, TX facility though.
 
2020-08-05 10:01:40 AM  
1 vote:

Inebriated Bolshevik Muppet: Private_Citizen: NEDM: Private_Citizen: Smoking GNU: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

The port, not the city center.

[Fark user image 425x590]
The port is in the city center. Houses are just on the other side of the street from the warehouses where they stored 3000 Tons of explosive fertilizer.

/At least when Pepcon blew up it was in the middle of nowhere.

Beirut is an ancient city.  "Zoning laws" don't really come into play here, unless you're suggesting they should have taken time in the middle of their civil war to build an entirely new port separate from the one the city grew around for thousands of years.

I'm suggesting they store explosives in a warehouse AWAY from the city.

But I guess sometimes people need to see a city destroyed to understand why that's important.

It's a damned-if-you-do situation.

You have to MOVE it to the storage location too, you know. And that's just as risky as letting it sit for 6 years. What are you going to do, built a dock 30 miles outside of the city just to offload the material?


Why would moving it be risky? It's not nitroglycerin, exploding if you look at it the wrong way. It's transported all over the place as fertilizer. You just have to keep it away from fire or exploding things, which is why a dock is a really dumb place to store it, since there tends to be a ton of flammable things stored around there.
 
2020-08-05 10:00:28 AM  
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"Got a filthy old warehouse complex that you want to level to the ground but you cant afford an expensive demolition crew?? Then you need 'BLAST-0-MATIC'! Simply apply 3000 tons, wait ten years and voila'! Problem solved!"
 
2020-08-05 9:58:30 AM  
1 vote:

litheandnubile: maybe don't store a bunch of exlosives in a hot place

ever think of that?

hmmmm?

yeah, about that try harder next time

kthxbye


It being hot wasn't really the problem.

It being on fire, however, was.

/I guess it got very hot once it was on fire
 
2020-08-05 9:27:54 AM  
1 vote:
No way man, I was assured by the "I'm not an expert, but" brigades on Twitter that it was a nuke.
 
2020-08-05 9:25:15 AM  
1 vote:

Private_Citizen: NEDM: Private_Citizen: Smoking GNU: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

The port, not the city center.

[Fark user image 425x590]
The port is in the city center. Houses are just on the other side of the street from the warehouses where they stored 3000 Tons of explosive fertilizer.

/At least when Pepcon blew up it was in the middle of nowhere.

Beirut is an ancient city.  "Zoning laws" don't really come into play here, unless you're suggesting they should have taken time in the middle of their civil war to build an entirely new port separate from the one the city grew around for thousands of years.

I'm suggesting they store explosives in a warehouse AWAY from the city.

But I guess sometimes people need to see a city destroyed to understand why that's important.


See the links above, it's like humans never learn....
 
2020-08-05 9:22:49 AM  
1 vote:

Private_Citizen: Smoking GNU: Private_Citizen: So, they stored 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate (Oklahoma City was 2 tons) in the center of a city....

This is one of the best arguments I've seen for why we have zoning laws.

The port, not the city center.

[Fark user image image 425x590]
The port is in the city center. Houses are just on the other side of the street from the warehouses where they stored 3000 Tons of explosive fertilizer.

/At least when Pepcon blew up it was in the middle of nowhere.


Its part of the historic nature of the city. Why are you pushing gentrification?
/sarcasm
//though only barely
///slashes lost in explosion.
 
2020-08-05 8:37:30 AM  
1 vote:
Associate Professor Stewart Walker from the school of Forensic, Environmental and Analytical Chemistry at Flinders University said ammonium nitrate is not flammable but will "support a fire by providing oxygen to burn".

stupid Flinders...
 
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