Beirut Explosion, so what was it?

philc

LE
So some of you will have seen big explosions, whats the cause of this one, watch with the sound on.

 
Orange/red flame and lots of black smoke suggests partially burnt fuel. What looks like a massive volume of water displaced in front of the flames suggests the bang happened at or under water level.

Oil tanker going bang seems a reasonable bet.

Edit - or as Puttees suggested an LPG tanker.
 

philc

LE
I am reading Israeli attack on Hezbollah arms storage, lots of different versions now, its er a big bang.
 

PhotEx

On ROPS
On ROPs
Israeli Air Force have been out and about delivering stuff to the neighbours today
 

philc

LE
Its a mess

 
Fire pressurises then ruptures a storage tank sending a dense cloud of LPG above Upper Explosive Limit into the air. The cloud dilutes with air, coming below the UEL, meets flame and explodes.

Effectively a fuel/air explosive.

It's what we used to worry about living near the oil cracking plants in Middlesbrough.
 
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