Sep 20, 2020 07:42 UTC
  • Lebanon’s army finds large cache of fireworks during search at devastated Beirut port

The Lebanese army says it has discovered 1.3 tons of fireworks during a search of Beirut port, which was almost razed to the ground last month due to a gigantic explosion that was blamed on explosive chemicals kept in poor condition.

According to Press TV, in a statement on its website on Saturday, the army said that it had found 1,320 kilograms of fireworks kept in 120 boxes in a warehouse during a search of the ill-fated port, adding that army engineers managed to dispose of them.

Back on August 4, at least 190 people were killed and almost 6,500 others were injured when 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive fertilizer, went up in smoke at Beirut port as the country was already grappling with an economic crisis.  

Up to 300,000 people were also left homeless and much of the downtown areas of the city suffered major damage.

The chemicals had been stored in a warehouse for at least six years, it emerged after the giant explosion, which also destroyed warehouses and concrete grain silos at the port.

On September 3, Lebanon’s army said that it had also discovered a further 4.35 tons of ammonium nitrate in the vicinity of the entrance to Beirut port.