Beirut explosion: former port worker says fireworks stored in hangar

Beirut explosion: former port worker says fireworks stored in hangarAugust 7, 2020

Angry Lebanese plan major protest on Saturday, one day before team investigating explosion reports to cabinet

Dozens of bags of fireworks were stored in the same hangar as thousands of tonnes of ammonium nitrate at Beirut’s port and may have been a decisive factor in igniting the explosive chemical compound that fuelled Tuesday’s huge explosion, a former port worker and other sources have told the Guardian.

As angry Lebanese plan a major protest in central Beirut on Saturday, scrutiny has focused on how 2,750 tonnes of the dangerous material could have been stored so close to residential neighbourhoods for years – despite repeated warnings of the risk it posed.

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