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'End of the world': Countdown to Beirut's devastating blast

2020-08-23 01:11:49

The 10 firefighters who received the call shortly before 6 p.m. — about a big fire at the nearby port of Beirut — could not know what awaited them. The brigade of nine men and one woman could not know about the stockpile of ammonium nitrate warehoused since 2013 along a busy motorway, in the heart of a densely populated residential area — a danger that had only grown with every passing year. The stockpile was degrading; something must be done.


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