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I believe that is the largest non-nuclear explosion I've ever seen. The videos of it are just amazing. I've seen the explosions made by the "Big blue 82" and it wont hold a candle to the one in Beirut. A ship with amonium nitrate blew-up in Galveston Texas in 1947. It had 23 tons of the stuff on board and it leveled the city.
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Pat, Yes..I have been following this. Pretty sad testament to greed and avarice. Incompetence & neglect. Pretty much what placed the explosive in that warehouse was greedy dock fees. Beirut officials wanting their pound of flesh passing through. It was a bad bargain.
 

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Twenty-seven hundred and fifty tons of ammonium nitrate in one place. I haven't seen a shock wave like that in anything but a nuclear explosion Unbelievable.
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Having lived in Oklahoma City my entire life and working downtown, I can remember what a few 55 gallon barrels of ammonium nitrate can do. I can only imagine what it must have been like in Beirut.
 

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You guys show read about the Halifax Disaster in 1917. The biggest explosion recorded until the Hiroshima A-Bomb.
 

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Having lived in Oklahoma City my entire life and working downtown, I can remember what a few 55 gallon barrels of ammonium nitrate can do. I can only imagine what it must have been like in Beirut.
When I was attending my FLETC (Federal LE Training Center) class we saw a mock-up of the AFNO bomb Timothy McVeigh made for the OKC Federal building. The bomb tech, a retired USN EOD, said he was a poor bomb maker. All the AFNO didn't explode. We were told, if it had- the entire building would have come down.

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Approximattely a thirteenth of Little Boy - that is a little bit more than one kt of TNT equivalent...
 

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July 28, 1947 : same thing for the port of Brest after the explosion of the Ocean Liberty (norvegian Liberty Ship). 3300 tons of ammonium nitrate, lubricants, petrol etc...).
 
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