Wednesday, April 28, 2021

X is for Explosion

This year for the A-to-Z Challenge, I'll be looking at major events that happened in 2020 [the year we would all like to forget, so let's look at it first, before flushing it down the toilet].

Welcome to X!  We're looking at – Beirut Explosion.
On August 4, 2020, a massive explosion of ammonium nitrate occurred at the port in Beirut, Lebanon.  This is truly the largest explosion I've ever seen.  

The Guardian has a great set of before/after photos that show you the incredible scope of the devastation.

Here's a teaser for tomorrow, letter Y:


  1. I can think of no logical reason for the government to have held such a large quantity of Ammonium nitrate anywhere. In the middle of a city is even more questionable.

    Beirut has been destroyed so many time through history that this might just end up as a number on a list. That would be a shame.

    Beirut should get more attention from the world, its population has always been mainly Maronite Christians and that makes them a target in a mainly Arab world. The Quds force raised Hezbollah there as a genocide weapon against the Maronites. It should be better protected, as it has, at times, been a high spot for civilization for centuries.

    1. Calling it "questionable" I think does it a disservice. How about "stupid" or "inviting disaster"? That makes more sense to me. That explosion was devastating.

  2. I remember that. Everyone was like, "are we in another war?" No one knew if it was terrorists or an accident. The news was like, "here's a bad thing and we don't know anything, so worry!" Yeah. Because we weren't having enough issues.

    I love letter X posts! Always such variety.
    It's hard to believe the blogging challenge is almost over for 2021. Then the after survey, reflections, and the road trip sign-up.
    Plus, I'm taking part in the Bout of Books read-a-thon in May. So much excitement!
    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

    1. Turns out it wasn't terrorists or an accident. It was "gee, we apparently forgot about that. Sorry. Our bad."