Large crowds, chanting "revolution, revolution,". "The Port Authority should not have allowed the ship to offload the chemicals into the port," he said. This image was obtained from a video on social media. This aerial photo, taken on Wednesday, shows ruined structures at the port. Lebanese Red Cross officers carry an injured woman on Tuesday night. Substance that reportedly sparked Beirut explosions was used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing August 6, 2020 / 7:17 AM / AFP Ammonium nitrate, which Lebanese authorities have said … The ship, named the MV … They would eventually abandon the ship. The ammonium nitrate never made it to Mozambique, the source said, and instead was kept in a container at Beirut's port for over six years before exploding earlier this week. It's absolutely not common," the spokesperson said. Documents newly reviewed by CNN reveal that a shipment of 2,750 metric tons of, Once it arrived, the ship never left Beirut's port, according Lebanon's Director of Customs, Badri Daher, despite repeated warnings by him and others that the cargo was the equivalent of "a floating bomb.". She told Jordan's state-owned channel Al Mamlaka that the exchange is being considered in relation to the potential cause of the deadly Beirut blast. Lebanon PM Diab says 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate at site of Beirut blasts. On 4 August 2020, a large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the port of the city of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, exploded, causing at least 204 deaths, 6,500 injuries, and US$15 billion in property damage, and leaving an estimated 300,000 people homeless. At points, he even offered to sell the dangerous cargo to the Lebanese army, according to the court documents, but to no avail. Firefighters work at the scene on Tuesday. A helicopter fights a fire Tuesday at the scene of the explosion. This aerial photo, taken Wednesday, shows the aftermath of the explosion. Red smoke rises after the explosion, which could be felt for miles. Lebanese soldiers search for survivors on Wednesday. "At the time, on board of the dry cargo ship there were particularly dangerous goods -- ammonium nitrate, which the port authorities of Beirut did not allow to unload or transfer to another ship," it added. "It's absolutely massive and devastating to see all of that (the events in Beirut). The Russian-owned ship, named … CNN Sans ™ & © 2016 Cable News Network. The ammonium nitrate arrived in Beirut in the fall of 2013 on a Russian-owned cargo ship, the Rhosus, the ship's then-captain, … Rescue crews search a street for survivors on Tuesday night. A woman and her sister-in-law show a photo of a missing man on Friday. (CNN)The original buyers of the ammonium nitrate that was left at Beirut's port have told CNN that it had been bought for use in mining. Books are seen in the blast debris on Friday. (AFP) "In our memos 19320/2014 dated 5/12/2014 and 5/6/2015 [...] we requested that your honor order the responsible Port Authorities to re-export Ammonium Nitrate that was taken off the Rhosus ship and placed in Customs hangar number 12 in Beirut port," Daher wrote in 2017. FEM had worked with an outside trading company to facilitate the transfer of the chemical compound from Georgia to Mozambique. All the Lebanese political factions maintain a presence at the port … By Mary Ilyushina, Katie Polglase and Ali Younes, CNN. What about the origins of the 2,750 tons of chemical in Beirut? Ammonium nitrate, a white chemical substance that often comes in the form of small crystal balls and is used as fertilizer as well as for bomb making, was inappropriately stored in a … On Wednesday, Lebanese Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad Najd said there are papers and documents dating back to 2014 proving the existence of an exchange of information about the "material" confiscated by Lebanese authorities. "This is not common. It's a lot more stable.". Ammonium nitrate, the material that appears to have caused the massive explosion that devastated Beirut on Tuesday, has been behind some of the largest accidental explosions and terrorist … "Both of these things will be questioned in the investigation into the Beirut explosion, because they had such a large amount of ammonium nitrate, which may not have been stored appropriately, and in an area where there is a large number of people," he added. Christelle Helou hugs the coffin of her cousin Nicole in Sarba, Lebanon, on Thursday. A damaged hospital room is seen on Wednesday. "Usually, when you place an order for whatever it is that you're buying, it's not common that you don't get the goods. "This is a catastrophic regulatory failure because regulations on the storage of ammonium nitrate are typically very clear. Ammonium nitrate stored at site of massive Beirut explosion: Officials More than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate was stored in the Beirut warehouse that was the scene of Tuesday's deadly … A wounded man is helped as he walks through debris following the explosion. An injured man sits next to a restaurant in the Mar Mikhael neighborhood on Wednesday. ", The source added, "it's a dangerous material, it's a very powerful oxidizer and is used for producing explosives. A cargo of 2,750 tonnes of the substance (equivalent to around 1.1 kilotons of TNT) had been stored in a warehouse without proper safety measures for the previous six years, after having been confiscated by the Lebanese authorities from the abandoned ship A man sits inside a damaged home in Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday. "The chemicals were originally going to Mozambique, not Lebanon. A man carries his belongings as he leaves his destroyed house on Thursday. The … People run for cover following the explosion. The ammonium nitrate never made it to Mozambique, the source said, and instead was kept in a container at Beirut's port for over six years before exploding earlier this week. In 2014, Mikhail Voytenko, who runs an online publication tracking maritime activity, described the ship as a "floating bomb.". Debris litters the floor of the Lebanese Parliament on Wednesday. This satellite image, obtained by CNN from Planet Labs Inc., shows a massive crater at the site of Tuesday's explosion. Beirut explosion: How ammonium nitrate caused deadly blast in Lebanon An explosion at a warehouse in the Port of Beirut on Tuesday killed more than 100 people and left more than 4,000 … A man whose legs were injured because of the explosion looks at a destroyed house on Friday. Once in Beirut, the MV Rhosus was detained by local port authorities due to "gross violations in operating a vessel," unpaid fees to the port, and complaints filed by the Russian and Ukrainian crew , according to the Seafarers' Union of Russia (affiliated with the International Transport Workers' Federation, or ITF), which represented the Russian sailors, told CNN. "Customs and State Security sent letters [to the authorities] asking to remove or re-export the explosive materials six years ago, and we have been waiting since then for this issue to be resolved, but to no avail," Kraytem said. ", Drone footage shows the scale of destruction in Beirut. Documents newly reviewed by CNN reveal that a shipment of 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate arrived in Beirut on a Russian-owned vessel in 2013. CNN agreed not to publish the spokesperson's name due to the employee's privacy concerns amid a sensitive international story. How 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate ended up in Beirut, Tensions high in Dover as stranded drivers seen shouting at police, We asked people around the world to reflect on 2020. But it's not like gunpowder that you just light a match and it will immediately go off like pyrotechnics. Senegalese officials say they have asked for 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate – the chemical which caused a huge explosion in Beirut – to be removed from Dakar. CNN's Kareem Khadder, Schams Elwazer, Rob Picheta and Laura Smith-Spark contributed to this story. Nigerian government: Military has rescued all kidnapped schoolboys, How Chinese government tries to silence overseas Uyghurs, Boko Haram claims responsibility for kidnapping, prompting fear of increasing influence, See inside Korean CCTV unit contact tracing citizens, See total solar eclipse in parts of South America. Eventually we had to sell the fuel and use the money to hire a lawyer because there was not help, the owner did not even provide us with food or water," Prokoshev said in a radio interview with Echo Moscow on Wednesday. ", Kraytem too said that the issue of removing the explosive material had been brought up by State Security and Customs -- but that the issue had not been "resolved.". The catastrophic blast has resulted in widespread devastation to Lebanon's capital city and left at least 154 dead, according to the Lebanese Health Ministry. They added that FEM then purchased another order of ammonium nitrate to replace the lost one and that one was delivered. "We were asked to fix a door of the warehouse by State Security and we did that at noon, but what occurred in the afternoon I have no idea," he said. Wounded people wait to received help outside a hospital. Volunteers conduct research at the explosion site on Saturday. The idea that such a quantity would have been left unattended for six years beggars belief and was an accident waiting to happen.". "Poorly stored ammonium nitrate is notorious for explosions -- for example in Oppau, Germany; in Galveston Bay, Texas; and more recently at West in Waco, Texas; and Tianjin in China," Andrea Sella, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at University College London, told the Science Media Centre. That's when the ship's owner told the Russian and Ukrainian sailors that he had run out of money and they would have to pick up additional cargo to cover the travel costs -- which led them on a detour to Beirut. Rescue workers search for missing people at the site of the explosion. A woman walks with her belongings on Wednesday. An investigation into the explosion was announced by Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab. The explosion erupted in the Beirut’s port area late afternoon on Tuesday, with videos showing a fire burning in a building in the area before an enormous blast. Tragically, this seems to have been the case in Beirut, writes Gabriel da Silva. Senegalese officials … While the company was aware that the vessel had been detained in Beirut and later impounded by Lebanese officials, the spokesperson insisted "that was absolutely out of our control. A wounded person is carried after the blast. And it's with great sorrow that we see that," they added. Firefighters use a water hose on flaming debris. Ammonium nitrate has been implicated in deadly industrial explosions in the past, and is known to require careful handling. Once the ammonium nitrate reached Warehouse 12, it became snarled in the murky limbo of Beirut's notoriously corrupt port. Previous disasters linked to the chemical have led to improved regulations for its safe storage, Associate Professor Stewart Walker, from the school of Forensic, Environmental and Analytical Chemistry at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, told CNN said; such rules mean it tends to be kept away from population centers. What has Denmark done right in its Covid-19 responses? Maritime traffic services and documents obtained by CNN describe a shipment of 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate that was detained in Beirut in 2013. "We can confirm that yes, we did order it," a spokesperson for FEM told CNN. This was just 2.7 thousand (tons).". It is like an apocalypse.". The shipment never made it to Mozambique, the source said. Images from Beirut reveal a distinct reddish colour to the … People walk near the scene of the explosion. Beirut explosion linked to Russian ship storing ammonium nitrate left in port, called 'floating bomb' Officials warned the ship was 'a floating bomb.' 4 months ago. This is a vessel, it's not like one thing that was lost in the mail, it's a big quantity.". Marada Movement chief Suleiman Franjieh on Thursday distanced his ally Hizbullah from the ammonium nitrate shipment that exploded at Beirut port and instead pointed the finger at … The order of ammonium nitrate was intended for manufacturing explosives for mining companies in Mozambique, the spokesperson said. A man leaves his damaged house on Thursday. A woman, whose son is said to be missing after Tuesday's explosion, waits outside Beirut's port on Thursday to receive information from rescue teams. A building's facade is shattered after Tuesday's explosion. Lebanese Security source: The massive blast in Beirut was caused by the explosion of tons of Ammonium nitrate after a fire nearby spread towards the warehouse where the Ammonium nitrate … ABUJA, Nigeria—The ammonium nitrate that exploded last week in Beirut… A rescue worker walks along a pile of rubble at the explosion site in Beirut, Lebanon, on Saturday, August 8. The explosive force occurs when solid ammonium nitrate … the substance that ultimately exploded in Beirut, France has sent an aid package to Lebanon, Live updates: Beirut explosion rocks Lebanon's capital city, Ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse linked to catastrophic Beirut explosion. A Russian rescue worker and dog search the Beirut port on Friday. People remove debris from a house on Friday. Lebanon’s Prime Minister … A cloud of orange smoke is seen rising above Beirut, Aug. 4, 2020. A man reacts at the scene soon after the explosion. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. The devastating explosion in Beirut that killed at least 100 people and wounded thousands hit the Lebanese capital with the force of a 3.5-magnitude earthquake. The Beirut neighborhood of Mar Mikhael sits in ruins. "What I felt was that it was an earthquake," Beirut resident Rania Masri told CNN. Lebanese authorities have not named the MV Rhosus as the source of, Lebanon's general security chief also said a. The spokesperson said they had planned to pay "a significant amount" for the chemical in the first order but the payment was never made. The spokesperson revealed that the Mozambican company only learnt of their involvement in the story from news reports on Wednesday that talked of a destination in Mozambique. Emergency wards have been inundated. A woman walks over rubble in her apartment on Wednesday. On Aug. 4, a devastating explosion struck the area around a port in Beirut. A person hugs French President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to the Gemmayzeh neighborhood in Beirut on Thursday. So, when that happened, we knew it was probably for us," the spokesperson said. Adding, "this is a very serious material and you need to transport it with very strict standards of transportation. Lebanese soldiers stand guard in front of destroyed ships Thursday. It was carrying 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, an industrial chemical commonly used around the world as a fertilizer -- and in explosives for mining. "And unfortunately, we see our name attached, even though we have absolutely no part in it. Daher confirmed to CNN earlier on Wednesday that his office sent "a total of six letters to the legal authorities" but that the authorities never responded to any of their letters. The September 2013 shipment of ammonium nitrate began in Georgia, where the chemical compound was produced. 2020 Beirut explosion: On August 4, a major fire broke out in a Port of Beirut warehouse and spread to 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate which had been impounded and stored for six years after it was … In the Beirut incident, experts suggest fireworks were involved. The Moldovan-flagged ship stopped in Greece to refuel. "On Wednesday there was some news saying that the cargo was originally intended to go to Mozambique. But Lebanon's Interior Minister said the blast was a store of about 2,750 tonnes of seized ammonium nitrate blowing up. Fábrica de Explosivos Moçambique (FEM), a Mozambican explosives manufacturing company, told CNN that they were the ones who originally ordered the ammonium nitrate that was left at Beirut's port for nearly seven years. A statue representing the Lebanese expatriate is seen Wednesday in front of a building that was damaged by the explosion. 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