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Security Official Says Beirut Blast Crater 43 Meters Deep

Security Official Says Beirut Blast Crater 43 Meters Deep

Sunday, 9 August, 2020 - 08:00
The site of the explosion at the Beirut Port. AP photo

The huge ammonium nitrate explosion in Beirut's port that devastated much of the city left a crater 43 meters deep, a security official said Sunday.


"The explosion in the port left a crater 43 meters deep" Tuesday, the official told AFP, citing reports by French experts conducting an assessment of the disaster area.


Tuesday’s blast at the port devastated much of the city and killed nearly 160 people. Dozens were still missing and nearly 6,000 people injured.


Documents that surfaced after the blast showed that officials had been repeatedly warned for years that the presence of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate at the port posed a grave danger, but no one acted to remove it. Officials have been blaming one another, and 19 people have been detained, including the port’s chief, the head of Lebanon’s customs department and his predecessor.


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