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(9News (Australia))   The science behind Beirut's massive explosion that leveled a good portion of the city (warning: graphic images)   (9news.com.au) divider line
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2020-08-05 8:37:30 AM  
66 votes:
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...
 
2020-08-05 9:17:05 AM  
24 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 9:29:48 AM  
16 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 9:49:34 AM  
14 votes:

Sexy Jesus: I enjoyed seeing the other story linked on that page. The headline says that Trump has declared this an attack, based on his discussions with "great generals." Imma go out on a limb here and guess that the only great general he consulted with was in a CIV game. That he lost. Then blamed on phalanxes destroying his mech inf units and then called Sid Meier a sick, sick man.


Having your Panzer division wiped out by Zulu warriors can be a weird experience the first time around.
 
2020-08-05 10:11:07 AM  
11 votes:

jso2897: Sexy Jesus: I enjoyed seeing the other story linked on that page. The headline says that Trump has declared this an attack, based on his discussions with "great generals." Imma go out on a limb here and guess that the only great general he consulted with was in a CIV game. That he lost. Then blamed on phalanxes destroying his mech inf units and then called Sid Meier a sick, sick man.

Having your Panzer division wiped out by Zulu warriors can be a weird experience the first time around.


In Civ 3, I had an army of fusion tanks wiped out by musketeers. That was the last time I played that game.
 
2020-08-05 9:30:49 AM  
11 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...


stupid sexy Flinders
 
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 10:15:42 AM  
8 votes:
The science behind Beirut's massive explosion that leveled a good portion of the city.

Did it leave the bad portions of the city intact?
 
2020-08-05 10:00:28 AM  
8 votes:
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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 9:26:24 AM  
8 votes:

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.

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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.

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.


Dont you try and come on my fark making sense,boy.
 
2020-08-05 9:35:07 AM  
7 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 9:27:54 AM  
7 votes:
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 9:47:23 AM  
6 votes:
I enjoyed seeing the other story linked on that page. The headline says that Trump has declared this an attack, based on his discussions with "great generals." Imma go out on a limb here and guess that the only great general he consulted with was in a CIV game. That he lost. Then blamed on phalanxes destroying his mech inf units and then called Sid Meier a sick, sick man.
 
2020-08-05 10:05:51 AM  
5 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 11:54:10 AM  
4 votes:

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

Source

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That bagged AN is the proper blasting nitro prill that is used for blasting in mines not the piss weak AN that is used for agricultural purposes.

To turn it into ANFO the mixing rate is pretty simple. For every 5 kilos of AN you add 1 beer can of diesel.


Budweiser or Fosters?
 
2020-08-05 11:27:48 AM  
4 votes:

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.


I don't see any trucks.
 
2020-08-05 10:15:27 AM  
4 votes:

yomrfark: 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...

stupid sexy Flinders


Nothing at allnothing at all nothing at all
 
2020-08-05 9:46:02 AM  
4 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)
--------------------------------------​--------------------------------

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 9:10:08 AM  
4 votes:
This story is a libertarian wet dream come to life.
 
2020-08-05 1:58:06 PM  
3 votes:

Gleeman: [iFrame https://www.youtube.com/embed/Sv8tS4_d​Rrk?autoplay=1&widget_referrer=https%3​A%2F%2Fwww.fark.com&start=0&enablejsap​i=1&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fark.com&​widgetid=1]

There's your earth shattering kaboom.


OMG! That's awful.

/The whole thing is in portrait mode
 
2020-08-05 8:31:14 AM  
3 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 2:47:38 PM  
2 votes:

akya: Trump was right! someone is behind the attacks!

Arrest Science Immediately!


Show me where it wasn't an attack Einstein. Stupid Farker.
 
2020-08-05 1:50:16 PM  
2 votes:
Trump was right! someone is behind the attacks!

Arrest Science Immediately!
 
2020-08-05 1:33:10 PM  
2 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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Fark, people, I'm sure it blew up in the service of capitalism. This is all good, remember? You adore capitalism, you use it every day to get cool things for yourself.

Just a little collateral damage. You have to create a few waste zones for capitalism.

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2020-08-05 12:14:02 PM  
2 votes:
If only they had a good maritime lawyer

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2020-08-05 11:46:06 AM  
2 votes:

TheCubsFan: 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.

[Fark user image 700x467]
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Two different trucks don't agree with your assessment.

I don't see any trucks.


Don't see any drivers either. But they're around...
 
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 10:30:14 AM  
2 votes:

Sexy Jesus: 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.


However, the harbor is now larger.
 
2020-08-05 9:21:03 AM  
2 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 6:47:21 PM  
1 vote:

Flerkenpie070: 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.


Feel free to ignore me, cupcake.
 
2020-08-05 11:41:17 AM  
1 vote:

Gleeman: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/Sv8tS4_d​Rrk]

There's your earth shattering kaboom.


That first one ...

I don't know about you, but I'd shiat my pants thinking this was the big one.

Good god ... that dude says absolutely nothing. I'd be like

Oh Crap
Youtube QWNFB71MvTs
 
2020-08-05 10:51:50 AM  
1 vote:
If only they had used the free market to determine the best place to store and the best methods of handling all those explosives...
 
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 9:59:18 AM  
1 vote:

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.
 
2020-08-05 9:55:06 AM  
1 vote:

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 9:54:26 AM  
1 vote:

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 9:45:05 AM  
1 vote:
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 9:15:55 AM  
1 vote:

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 imageView Full Size

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.
 
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