Aug 05, 2020
What is ammonium nitrate, chemical compound linked to devastating Beirut explosion?
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BEIRUT EXPLOSION: RESCUE WORKERS FRANTICALLY SEARCH FOR SURVIVORS AS LEBANON CAPITAL CONFRONTS MASSIVE DEVASTATION
A picture shows the scene of an explosion in Beirut on Aug. 4, 2020. - A large explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on August 4, an AFP correspondent said. The blast, which rattled entire buildings and broke glass, was felt in several parts of the city. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images)
A component of fertilizer, ammonium nitrate is potentially explosive.
“Ammonium nitrate is the ammonium salt of nitric acid. It has a role as a fertilizer, an explosive and an oxidizing agent. It is an inorganic molecular entity, an ammonium salt and an inorganic nitrate salt,” explains the National Institutes for Health on its website.
The highly flammable compound has been involved in a number of other disasters. In 2013, ammonium nitrate caused a deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The blast from the explosion of 30 tons of ammonium nitrate killed 15 people, wounded 200 and devastated the small town, according to Fox 44 News.
EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE COMPOUND IN FERTILIZER SPEAKS TO ITS DEADLY HISTORY
In 1947, a fire broke out on a ship docked at Texas City, igniting 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate and causing an explosion that killed 600 people.
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Ammonium nitrate was also used in the 1995 Oklahoma City terror bombing that killed 168 people and the 2011 Oslo bombing that killed eight people.
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Suspect arrested after 2 killed, 3 wounded in stabbing spree at San Jose church
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- A suspect has been arrested after two people died in a stabbing at Grace Baptist Church in San Jose on Sunday night, police said.
A man died at the scene and a woman was transported to a hospital where she died. Three other adult male victims were transported to hospitals and are in serious but stable condition.
The first stabbing was reported at 7:54 p.m. Sunday. The church, located on the 400 block of E San Fernando Street near the San Jose State University campus, is being used as a homeless shelter. It was not holding religious services at the time of the incident.
Police described the suspect as an adult male, but have not released his identity.
The identity of the deceased victims will be released by the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office after confirming their identity and notifying next of kin.
These are San Jose's 40th and 41st homicides of 2020.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo released the following statement about the stabbings:
"Our hearts are torn for the victims and their loved ones in last night's horrific stabbing at Grace Baptist Church on 10th Street. We have lost two community members, and we pray for the recovery of the three others seriously injured in that attack. SJPD has arrested a suspect, who remains in custody. We will keep the community updated as SJPD releases more information."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Lewis #3161 or Detective Meeker #3272 of the San Jose Police Department's Homicide unit at 408-277-5283.
Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 408-947-7867.