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Lebanon's army finds firework cache at devastated Beirut port

A view of damaged buildings and ongoing removal of debris process at Beirut port on 17 August 2020 [Mahmut Geldi/Anadolu Agency]
A view of damaged buildings and ongoing removal of debris process at Beirut port on 17 August 2020 [Mahmut Geldi/Anadolu Agency]

Lebanon’s army said it had found 1.3 tonnes of fireworks during a search of Beirut port, which was devastated last month in a huge blast that was blamed on a large quantity of chemicals kept in poor condition.

The army said in a statement, released on its website on Friday, that 1,320 kgs of fireworks were found in 120 boxes in a warehouse during a search of the port. It said army engineers disposed of them.

The port and a swathe of central Beirut were ruined by the huge blast on August 4 that killed at least 190 people. It was blamed on 2,750 tonnes of highly explosive ammonium nitrate kept at the port for years in poor condition.

Warehouses and concrete grain silos at the port were destroyed.

READ: Dangerous chemicals still in Beirut

Lebanon’s army said on September 3 it had also found a further 4.35 tonnes of ammonium nitrate near the entrance to Beirut port, which the army said at the time it was dealing with.

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