All you need to know what is ammonium nitrate and why is it dangerous?

New Delhi: After a massive warehouse explosion in Beirut which killed at least 100 people and injured nearly 4,000. Lebanese President Michel Aoun said 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate had been stored for six years at the port.
Meanwhile, you need to know about Ammonium nitrate which is an industrial chemical commonly used in fertilizers and as an explosive for quarrying and mining. It is an oxidizer considered relatively safe if uncontaminated. But it is extremely dangerous if contaminated, mixed with fuel or stored unsafely.
A large quantity of ammonium nitrate exposed to intense heat can trigger an explosion. Storing the chemical near large fuel tanks in large quantities and in a poorly-ventilated facility can cause a massive blast.
‘This is probably up there among the biggest non-nuclear explosions of all time,’ says Roland Alford, managing director of a company that specializes in the disposal of explosive ordnance.

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