You need a holiday.
Especially as the SK61N has been around since 1961. Not the most cutting edge chopper.
Those figures were on Wiki early last night. I'd imagine the death figure especially will be revised upwards quite considerably- BBC already saying minimum if 100 deaths.BBC website saying 78 dead 4,000 injured, that looks fortunately low considering the magnitude of the blast. The shattering of umpteen windows must be responsible for a lot of the casualties poor bastards.
I’m currently working on a project in Lebanon but because of COVID I’m working remotely. Thank Christ as this bit of the port isn’t very far from many of the various embassies and ministries, or the hotel I normally stay in. The Swedish and Dutch embassies are quite close to the port, for example.
During my visits there over the years, I’ve learned that the government is a patchwork quilt with various ministries shared between different factions.
My UN source (who works quite closely with the Army) said the stuff was confiscated. It’s not hard to imagine that once it was taken off the ship it sat there because none of the ministries could agree what to do with it.
We did rural patrols of West Tyrone and Fermanagh (1976). Always stopped for a fertilizer bag. We were looking for in excess of either 28% or 30% nitrate. I think the latter. We regularly found the former.The level of nitrogen was restricted in NI, 15% max is in my head, but that would need to be checked.
Im not aware of any additives that reduce the hazard. The primary hazard is as an oxidiser (5.1), if you added some chemical that removed that risk I suspect it would no longer be effective for its legitimate uses.
As with all dangerous goods, it’s about the safety measures employed to prevent disasters happening, the problem being that these measures can be restrictive and expensive, prompting some to ignore them because they don’t appreciate the risk.
Even in the UK people ignore the regulations and disasters happen.
It could have been worse, it Looks like the reinforced silos absorbed and diverted a lot of the blast .