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Explosion in Beirut port

On August 4, 2020 at 18:08 hours, 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in the port of Beirut. The violent shock wave destroyed a large part of the city. Some 200 people were killed, more than 6,500 were injured and hundreds of thousands lost their homes. When firefighters went to the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020 at around 6:00 p.m. to extinguish a fire that had broken out in one of the warehouses, they heard a strange noise. They could not imagine what would happen next: a gigantic explosion, the power of which would later be compared to the equivalent of 1.1 kilotons of TNT. The equivalent of the Hiroshima bomb is 15 kilotons. One year after the explosion, the origin of the catastrophe has still not been fully clarified, nor have those responsible been identified. Although the government of Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab had to resign, it continues to serve in an interim capacity. So far, no culprits have been identified. The report attempts to reconstruct this dramatic event. ــــــــــ DW Documentary brings you information beyond the headlines. Marvel at the best documentaries from German channels and international production companies. Meet enigmatic people, travel to distant territories and understand the complexities of modern life, always close to global events and current affairs. Subscribe to DW Documentary and discover the world around you. Translated with www.DeepL.com/… (free version)

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