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EXPLAINED: How ammonium nitrate fueled Beirut explosion

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Last week a reaction with a huge tank of ammonium nitrate caused a catastrophic explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. But what caused it, is this common and how do we avoid an explosion happening with the tank of ammonium nitrate in Newcastle?

Anneliese Farrer spoke to Dr. Gabriel da Silva from Melbourne University about the chemical and its capabilities.


Doctor of Chemical Engineering Gabriel da Silva from Melbourne University.


Anneliese Farrer

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