Lebanon explosion: What is ammonium nitrate, which authorities claim to be behind the blast

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Aftermath of a massive explosion is seen in in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Massive explosions rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital. Witnesses saw many people injured by flying glass and debris.

Massive blast sends seismic shock across Beirut, causing thousands of casualties

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Timeline of blasts in Lebanon

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Aftermath of a massive explosion is seen in in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Massive explosions rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital. Witnesses saw many people injured by flying glass and debris.

Lebanon explosion: What is ammonium nitrate, which authorities claim to be behind the blast

This picture taken on August 4, 2020 shows a general view of destruction at the port of Lebanon's capital Beirut following a massive explosion there.

Massive blast sends seismic shock across Beirut, causing thousands of casualties

Aftermath of a massive explosion is seen in Beirut on August 4, 2020. Massive explosions rocked downtown Beirut, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital.

Timeline of blasts in Lebanon

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