Hassan Diab, Prime Minister of Lebanon, has revealed the cause of the explosion which rocked capital, Beirut on Tuesday.
Diab, according to AFP, said the explosion was caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate at the port.
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The blast is said to have claimed 73 lives, leaving 3,700 injured.
Ammonium nitrate is a chemical compound predominantly used in agriculture as a high-nitrogen fertilizer. Its other major use is as a component of explosive mixtures used in mining, quarrying, and civil construction.
It is the major constituent of ANFO, a popular industrial explosive which accounts for 80% of explosives used in North America; similar formulations have been used in improvised explosive devices. Many countries are phasing out its use in consumer applications due to concerns over its potential for misuse.