Close to where the welder was working, there was “highly explosive sodium nitrate” confiscated from a ship by the authorities and placed in one of the warehouses located near the harbour.
The chemical (ammonium nitrate) of more than 2,750 tons had been stored in the warehouse for more than six years.
It was claimed that the welder sparked fire that in turn ignited the chemicals, causing a blast that has been compared to a atomic nuclear bomb
The blast sent seismic shockwaves through the city on Tuesday evening, August 4, over 100 people died in the blast and more than 4,000 sustained varying degrees of injuries.
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