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Ammonium nitrate: what is it and why did it cause the blast in Beirut?

Ammonium nitrate: what is it and why did it cause the blast in Beirut?

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Ammonium nitrate, which Lebanese authorities have said was the cause of the Beirut blast, is an odourless crystalline substance commonly used as a fertiliser that has been the cause of numerous industrial explosions over the decades. These include at a Texas fertiliser plant in 2013 that killed 15 …

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