Sat, 19 Sep 2020 - 10:53 GMT
An injured man who was pinned under a vehicle following an explosion in Beirut's port area, is transported on a stretcher to hospital, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
BEIRUT, Sept 18 (MENA) – The Lebanese army on Friday announced that it has seized 1,320 kilograms of fireworks found at a Beirut port hangar during an ongoing inspection process, local media reported Friday.
“Troops from the Engineering Regiment immediately removed them and disposed them at fields belonging to the army,” an army statement said.
An FBI team has reportedly deduced that a fireworks cache was behind the August 4 detonation of around 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored at the port’s Hangar 12. Other flammable substances had been also placed in the same hanger. The resulting explosion, one of the biggest in the world, killed around 200 people, wounded around 6,500 and devastated entire neighbourhoods.