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Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: August 04, 2020 01:12PM
First link (video via Twitter feed): [twitter.com]

Another angle (also via Twitter feed): [twitter.com]

(above links may go to same feed; scroll a bit)

Story @ CNN: [www.cnn.com]

Story @ BBC News: [www.bbc.com]

Initially CNN said it was a fireworks factory/storage explosion (look at the second video) but not certain. (not likely given location/region)

BBC News said there is no definitive source for the explosion.



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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: Acer
Date: August 04, 2020 01:34PM
Wow.
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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 04, 2020 01:36PM
The second video at that first Twitter link -- holy moley!



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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: A-Polly
Date: August 04, 2020 01:36PM
Wow, stunning is right. The fire looked big enough as it was, but then was dwarfed by such a shockingly large explosion. Beirut's medical facilities must be overwhelmed with injuries and deaths. Thoughts and prayers for all.

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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 04, 2020 01:54PM
I just hope it was an accident.. if that was terrorist act then it is going to get hot and ugly very fast



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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: August 04, 2020 01:59PM
One of the videos *does* make it look like some kind of fireworks storage; the one where you're seeing behind the building (which gets all but vaporized) you can see continual popping like fire crackers. That's of course not saying they are fireworks -- which seems silly all things considered -- but they do give that appearance.



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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: mikebw
Date: August 04, 2020 02:02PM
WOAH.
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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: rgG
Date: August 04, 2020 02:05PM
I just saw this on Twitter. OMG





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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: August 04, 2020 02:11PM
Brought to mind the Tianjin Port explosions in 2015; those were horrific. (YouTube Video Link)

Wikipedia Page on the Disaster: [en.wikipedia.org]



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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: August 04, 2020 02:24PM
After conflicting initial reports, Lebanese officials are now suggesting that the explosion was caused by highly explosive confiscated materials rather than fireworks.

Director-General of Lebanon Public Security Abbas Ibrahim says: “The storage area contained highly explosive materials confiscated years ago. To discuss fireworks is laughable.”

“I can’t predict what the investigation will reveal about the reasons for the explosion,” Ibrahim adds.

Local media reports the materials were seized off a ship and stored at a warehouse at the port.
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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: August 04, 2020 02:34PM
For those non-Twits like me, here's the NBC video.



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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: August 04, 2020 02:45PM
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MrNoBody
For those non-Twits like me, here's the NBC video.

Do you need to be signed up to view the links? I am [signed up for Twitter], but am unsure -- I thought they would just bring you to the tweets but you had to be signed up to share/comment/etc. Apologies if so.

Still, I like seeing video/news without ads and delays. (I swear, when the first alien spacecraft lands on earth, I'll click the link and have to sit through a 30 second commercial ("Do you have embarrassing flatulence?") first.)



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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: August 04, 2020 03:43PM
The red cloud reminds me of the results of the Crew Dragon explosion from just after the Crew Dragon demo mission, when it exploded on a test stand. The red smoke and residue, as well as the explosion looked similar.

Either Dinitrogen tetroxide or hydrazine. I'm not sure which makes the red smoke.



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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: freeradical
Date: August 04, 2020 03:46PM
Iranian missile storage facility
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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: August 04, 2020 03:50PM
Also when a solid fuel rocket factory exploded out in the desert.

Here it is: Pepcon

[youtu.be]



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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 04, 2020 04:13PM
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Zoidberg
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MrNoBody
For those non-Twits like me, here's the NBC video.

Do you need to be signed up to view the links?

No. I do not have a Twitter account and I am able to view Tweets with no issues.



It is what it is.
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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: August 04, 2020 04:53PM
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Zoidberg
Do you need to be signed up to view the links?

dunno but I've got Twitter and a few other sites blocked by LittleSnitch. Got tired of
clearing cookies as several of the 'social media' sites failed to load in private browsing.
old fogey smiley



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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: Racer X
Date: August 04, 2020 05:10PM
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ztirffritz
The red cloud reminds me of the results of the Crew Dragon explosion from just after the Crew Dragon demo mission, when it exploded on a test stand. The red smoke and residue, as well as the explosion looked similar.

Either Dinitrogen tetroxide or hydrazine. I'm not sure which makes the red smoke.

Tetroxide. Hydrazine just gives off ammonia. (if its pure enough, it can make dirt catch on fire if you drip the fuel on it)

And when N2O4 does its thing, you can get an acid cloud reddish-brown that will etch glass and really eff up car paint. I've seen signs at numerous sites warning don't drive through the brown cloud. There was one incident outside Sacramento where the wind shifted and the cloud hung over/in the parking lot. 28 cars/trucks were really effed up.

The one thing many places aren't reporting on, or well enough, is that a very nearby, maybe next door, was a warehouse full of wheat. You pulverize that and eject it into the sky, along with flames, BOOM! Flour contains more energy by pound that dynamite. You just need to turn it into flour and get the particles separated enough so there is enough oxygen for all the particles to ignite at once. Mythbusters made a flour cannon, with igniter. Pretty cool.



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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: d4
Date: August 04, 2020 05:25PM
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Racer X
Mythbusters made a flour cannon, with igniter. Pretty cool.

I think it was powdered coffee creamer. Unless it was another one.

BBC:
Officials are blaming highly explosive materials stored in a warehouse for six years.
President Michel Aoun tweeted it was "unacceptable" that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was stored unsafely.








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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: August 04, 2020 06:00PM
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d4
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Racer X
Mythbusters made a flour cannon, with igniter. Pretty cool.

I think it was powdered coffee creamer. Unless it was another one.

BBC:
Officials are blaming highly explosive materials stored in a warehouse for six years.
President Michel Aoun tweeted it was "unacceptable" that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was stored unsafely.

They've done both.



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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 04, 2020 06:04PM
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ztirffritz
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d4
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Racer X
Mythbusters made a flour cannon, with igniter. Pretty cool.

I think it was powdered coffee creamer. Unless it was another one.

They've done both.

Any powder will behave similarly. The key is the greatly increased surface area of a powder relative to a solid for a given mass of material -- the greater the surface area, the more energy that is released and the greater the explosion.



It is what it is.



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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 04, 2020 06:05PM
.



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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: Racer X
Date: August 04, 2020 09:17PM
The amount of energy contained in many things is staggering, if you can find a way to liberate it safely and cleanly.

My partner's father witnessed a grain silo all but vaporize from a long distance. Saw a piece of corrugated roofing land several fields away as it blew around like paper.



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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: Acer
Date: August 05, 2020 12:36AM
I recall in my youth that grain silo explosions were in the news regularly one summer. Not sure why there was a streak of them then.
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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: August 05, 2020 06:35AM
My wife's best friend lives in Paris. But her parents live in Lebanon. They usually visit during the summer but did not this year due to COVID. They would have been right there had they visited.




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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: August 05, 2020 11:33AM
Beirut blast toll rises to 135 killed, 5,000 injured, health minister tells Manar TV
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Re: Stunning video of Beirut Port Explosion
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 05, 2020 12:01PM
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Racer X
The one thing many places aren't reporting on, or well enough, is that a very nearby, maybe next door, was a warehouse full of wheat. You pulverize that and eject it into the sky, along with flames, BOOM! Flour contains more energy by pound that dynamite. You just need to turn it into flour and get the particles separated enough so there is enough oxygen for all the particles to ignite at once. Mythbusters made a flour cannon, with igniter. Pretty cool.

It appears the elevator absorbed a lot of the energy, thus saving a part of the city from the worst of the blast. There is a lot of grain piled on the ground.



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