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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Burebista, Aug 4, 2020.
Do you still have it? Wanna sell it?
Asking for a friend
Note to NSA/PRISM, it’s a joke.
I’m glad I only had to deal with Booms, Cracks and Fwoofs. If it went boom it was a low explosive. If it went crack it was a high explosive. If it went fwoof it was fuel.
They are going to claim it was a garden variety industrial accident and pin it on some poor Abdul-al-Hazmat schlub from the company's Health & Safety Dept.
Very similar to the Tianjin, China explosion a few years ago, maybe even larger if the figures being thrown around are accurate. Tianjin was "only" 800 tons of ammonium nitrate.
We have a large population of Marshallese in our community. They are free to come to the US as part of a Free Association Agreement between the US and Pacific Island States.
They are nice enough folks given the obvious cultural differences. They generally suffer from a number of health issues and it is said to be a result of the lingering effects of radiation fallout on their home nation after US thermonuclear testing in the Pacific Islands.
Somehow, I am having flashback visions of Beirut explosion in 1983......
Not as big, but very significant, that was.
Saw about a hour of Today show this morn. Like it never happened.
A gut feeling tells me this explosion is much more significant than anyone is letting on.
I'm guessing there's no one to blame, or pin it on. Whomever caused that is most likely......gone.
Just before the explosion, this one shows a little black dot zooming right into the epicenter where the blast would occur:
REPORTER: Are you confident the #Beirut explosion was an attack? PRESIDENT TRUMP: "...I've met with some of our great generals & they seem to feel that it was." --- "They would know better than I would. They seem to think ... it was a bomb of some kind, yes."
Reading as much military history as I do, Generals are completely wrong a lot of the time. Unless a satellite was focused 100% on the area at exactly the right moment, they're just guessing.
Really good intel. There is now a harbor where the pier was.
He’s got a lot of details.
'Since 1950'?! ... You're off by a millennia or two.
There's been back-n-forth turmoil among the peoples occupying that area of the planet since at least 1950 B.C.E., and it's still going strong. Syrians hate the Lebanese. Saudis hate the Syrians. Iraq has always hated Iran. Egyptians hate the Ethiopians ... yadda, yadda.
They all hate the Jews.
Short of nuking the whole region from orbit, they'll continue to be at each others throats for another 2K years.
That article states the ammonium nitrate was sitting in the warehouse since 2013.
What happens to ammonium nitrate when it sits for 7 years, in a hot warehouse?
I understand and agree. I was only talking about what I have witnessed in my lifetime.
It is hygroscopic and can absorb moisture. It is incompatible with a few things such as mineral acids which an cause it to degrade vigorously.
It is not beyond the realm of possibility that it finally came in contact with something in that warehouse that it disagreed with.
Probably; a lot of fire departments use drones during a major incident, plus the normal news places and of course the looky-loos.
Does degradation and/or absorbing moisture make it less stable? More likely to detonate?
Well, don't forget that a huge percentage of the Lebanese population are certified chain-smokers of unfiltered cigarettes.
Could've been an ignition cause as simple as a workers nearby tossed away a still-lit match or a still-smoldering cig from his fourth pack of Camels, .... and KABOOM-SKI!!!