Monday night at about 6 pm Beirut time (8 am this morning, Pacific time), a massive explosion followed at least one other significant explosion at the port of Beirut. The first visible explosion sent a large plume of white smoke high into the air, and was said to be the result of fireworks exploding due to a fire in the warehouse.
As with tragedies, people grabbed their cell phones and began recording what some described as fireworks burning off. Suddenly, with cameras rolling from all directions, a massive explosion erupted, setting off what appeared to be a mushroom-shaped cloud. Most early reports indicated that, perhaps a fire was started in the warehouse by a welder, which ignited part of the building where fireworks were stored, then spread to an area where 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate was stored. The reddish plume of the explosion seemed to verify it as an ammonium nitrate explosion.
Damage from the explosions is devastating, seemingly wiping out a major portion of Beirut, leveling every building within proximity to the blast, and causing trembles in neighboring countries.
What I find especially interesting, though, is how little is heard from the Lebanese government. As of this writing, the Lebanese Prime Minister has indicated it is “unacceptable” for 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate to have been stored at the port. He issued a soft threat that whoever is responsible will be held accountable.
Meanwhile, Hezbollah has not said a word (that I can find). What we do know is that Israeli intelligence has clearly identified warehouses containing chemicals and munitions in the port area. Iranian-backed Hezbollah uses facilities in that area to convert “dumb bombs” into “smart bombs,” so has plenty of weaponry there.
This leaves us wondering whether or not the warehouse that exploded is one used by Hezbollah, and if so, exactly what did they have in that warehouse?
Given Israel’s clear warnings and, if true, the warehouse contained Hezbollah-controlled munitions, why hasn’t the finger been pointed at Israel?
Meanwhile, Israel has publicly denied any involvement in the explostions.
Friends, there is much more to this story. Personally, I find an explosion of that magnitude unlikely to be only ammonium nitrate (though there may have been a significant amount of it there). Makes me wonder if there were not substantial munitions and fuel in that warehouse.
Could the “fireworks” (which were not shooting off as fireworks typically do) actually have been small munitions exploding? Could the mushroom cloud have been generated by small quantities of nuclear material? (It was not a full-blown nuclear mushroom cloud such as was seen in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.) Could an entire warehouse of Hezbollah weaponry gone up in flames?
It is a confirmed fact that no incoming missile struck the warehouse. The explosions originated from within.
The next few days will likely be tense. Will Israel be blamed? Did they pull off sabotage on a grand scale? (Not likely, as Israel is incredibly careful to guard innocent human life, as evidenced by their activity in Iran.) Regardless, a battle between Hezbollah and Israel was already brewing and reaching a boiling point.
Looking for a credible source of information about what is happening in Lebanon? The best source is Amir Tsarfati of Behold Israel. Amir will do a live update on Facebook tomorrow morning at 9:00 am (Pacific time). Tune in here: Behold Israel Facebook.