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Beirut Explosion, so what was it?

This incident has again made me ponder the SS Richard Montgomery situation. Interesting article here, including details of men carrying explosives being stopped near the wreck in 2012, and of the wreck showing increasing signs of breaking up.


If it detonates it will cause millions of pounds worth of improvements on Sheppey.
 

lextalionis

Old-Salt
The lizard people did it, as part of their campaign to deflect unwanted attention from Prince Philip.
 

Wordsmith

LE
Book Reviewer
THERE IS A GOD!!!!!

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Snigger....

Wordsmith
 
Same crap that happened at the AZF chemical site in Toulouse, France, the 21.11.2001...12 days after 9. 11
Sorry if it has already been mentioned
That one killed 29 people and was “only” about 300 tonnes of ammonium nitrate.
As part of the investigation, a certain French oil company replicated the explosion, but instrumented it and the area around it. They needed a remote area and somehow got permission to do it on an estate near Thurso. It caused quite a lot of excitement amongst the locals, some of whom thought that Dounreay had gone up.

 
That one killed 29 people and was “only” about 300 tonnes of ammonium nitrate.
As part of the investigation, a certain French oil company replicated the explosion, but instrumented it and the area around it. They needed a remote area and somehow got permission to do it on an estate near Thurso. It caused quite a lot of excitement amongst the locals, some of whom thought that Dounreay had gone up.

How the feck do you get to do that even on private property, regardless of how remote it is. There must/should have been approval from the local authorities, with corresponding risk assessments.
 
From the BBC

Specialists at the University of Sheffield in the UK estimate that the blast had about one tenth of the explosive power of the atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War Two and was "unquestionably one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history".

I can vaguely remember the bang, when the Provo's blew up the forensics lab in the Belvoir Estate in South Belfast in the very early 90's and that was a 1000lb bomb.

I wouldn't have fancied being anywhere within 10 mile of downtown Beruit when that fcuker went bang, without a change of trunks.
 
No possibility of confusing a chemical with a fission explosion...
Maybe to people who know about these things, personally I thought some terrorist had knocked over his suitcase bomb when I first saw that weird white cloud expanding outwards, I've never seen that before and the only time I've seen something similar is watching old films of nukes being detonated.
 

TamH70

MIA
Maybe to people who know about these things, personally I thought some terrorist had knocked over his suitcase bomb when I first saw that weird white cloud expanding outwards, I've never seen that before and the only time I've seen something similar is watching old films of nukes being detonated.

I've seen those films too, the ones with the BFO white cloud coming out at warp speed, particularly Shot Baker which was part of Operation Crossroads at Bikini Atoll:


That cloud is water vapour exiting Stage Left, Right and Up as fast as it can possibly do so, and spookily like the one shown in the videos of the blast at the port in Beirut. And Shot Baker was only five or so times more powerful than that blast...
 

Mike Barton

On ROPS
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Looking at this video one is astonished by the sheer enormity of the explosion and of course from an individual viewpoint one can only express great sympathy for the bride whose special day was marred by such an appalling tragedy and...ah feck it, I can't help myself...nice knockers!

(Yeah, like I am the only one who thought it)
 

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