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Relax. Things could be worse.

Lebanon: Where Iran’s satanic mullahs and the Hexbollah terrorists have co-existed with Lebanese society for decades; where the politicians are wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling corrupt whores; where tribalism has run amok; where the banking system has debased the currency; where criminals are glorified. Lebanon. Coming soon to a country near you.

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  • Sven August 4, 2020, 2:00 PM

    Who knew they had such extensive “fireworks” factories in Beirut? It’s probably nothing.

  • CC August 4, 2020, 5:24 PM

    One article called it a “bomb shop”, another said Hezbollah ammo warehouse.
    Either way, fewer indiscriminate bombings & shootings, so it’s all good!

  • Gordon Scott August 4, 2020, 6:47 PM

    weeeel…Some Lebanese politician said it was 2700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had just been sitting around for six years. Let’s assume the blast wave scrambled his brain enough that he told the truth. That red cloud afterward is certainly suggestive of a nitrate explosive.

    2700 tonnes is 5,400,000 pounds. Ammonium nitrate has the explosive equivalency of .42 of TNT, giving us a yield of 2,268,000 pounds of TNT. That’s 2.2 kilotons. Now we’re in very small nuke world. We have some nukes with that sort of yield. The warhead on a Genie air-to-air missile is around that number, and there are (were) some artillery nukes like that. The Russkies had (have) a suitcase nuke in that vicinity.

    That instant condensation shroud is not unique to nukes, but one usually doesn’t see it and certainly not that big of one.

    But if the question is, “What happens if a really, really big bomb goes off close to a major modern city?” we have an answer.

  • Gordon Scott August 4, 2020, 6:52 PM

    Oh, and it’s entirely possible to look at the grain elevator near the explosion, and if one knows the height of that, then calculate the distance from one of the cell phone cameras, and then carefully time the arrival of the blast wave. From that you can work out the explosion’s size fairly well, but I’m not going to do it.

  • John the River August 4, 2020, 7:06 PM

    Turn a blind eye to terrorist/Iranian/Hezbollah munitions dump. What’s the worse that can happen?

    Terrific job they’re doing of running things since the evil European powers left.

  • Ric August 4, 2020, 9:59 PM

    Actually, a tonne is 1,000 kg which is 2,204.62 pounds av. roughly. So 2,700 tonnes is 5,952,473 poonds av. Just sayin’. For the record. But we donʻt expect some to know that.

  • Fletcher Christian August 5, 2020, 2:12 AM

    Ric: Yep. A long ton (20 hundredweight) is very close to the same weight as a tonne.

    It has recently come out that the Lebanese authorities saw fit to store 2700 tonnes of rather sensitive high explosives next door to a fireworks warehouse.

    Sounds as if this was possibly an accident, caused by sheer stupidity.

  • BroKen August 5, 2020, 7:30 AM

    There might have been an ammo dump there but in the first video there is what looks like a jet fighter flying over the explosion, just a little black triangle swooping by. That would be quite a coincidence if it just happened to be flying by when the dump finally blew up.

  • Monty James August 5, 2020, 9:43 AM

    Relax. Things could be worse. You could be serving in the Iranian Navy:

    Iran humiliated as they completely bungle symbolic sinking of fake US warship blocking entry to main naval port

  • Juliette August 5, 2020, 10:16 AM

    I’m truly sorry for all the innocent people injured or killed. This looks horrific.

  • james wilson August 5, 2020, 10:32 AM

    It is interesting that the high rise close by appears undamaged. I can’t speak to the windows, but it was built under an impressive code. Structures much farther away were entirely demolished.

  • James ONeil August 5, 2020, 3:41 PM

    When I first started looking at the images and reading, I thought ammonium nitrate.

  • Gordon Scott August 5, 2020, 6:32 PM

    Ric and Fletcher have the right of it.

    (slinks away, head bowed)