Elijah J Magnier’s Tweets on the Massive Explosion in Beirut
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Elijah J. Magnier @ejmalrai 6h
Thread on #Lebanon #Beirut explosion: Yesterday there were 3 waves: 1. The first waves felt and sounded like an explosion with a positive pressure 2. The second wave was a suction negative pressure that pulled eye witness (who were injured and told me this) around the room
The eye withness is a PhD Chemical Engineer teacher at Universities in #Beirut who was in his office close to the harbour. 3. The last explosion (always of the same source) was the biggest blast, more powerful than the previous two, with positive pressure
The product in question is Ammonium nitrate, considered a stable component and can withstand very high temperature without exploding on its own. All reported incidents worldwide to indicate that even when a fire caught ammonium nitrate, there is enough time to evacuate safely.
In some incident reported more than two hours of flame without an explosion occurred, which gives enough time to prevent the explosion and evacuate all personnel and civilians in the area.
In #Beirut, even if the ammonium nitrate was stored in a fully closed well-sealed area, high pressure is not likely to trigger the explosion. The first explosion, according to the eye witness in the vicinity, was relatively small and not strongly felt but heard.+
Those who have spread the news about "#Hezbollah explosive warehouse at the Lebanese harbour". I spoke to several sources and this is my conclusion:
The Harbour is controlled by several security forces, including those who are pro and against #Hezbollah. Too many eyes, too many witnesses and a location considered not only "unfriendly" but also unecessary.+
#Hezbollah truck flow on regular basis from #Syria to #Lebanon without the need to use the harbour or the airport and not even the official borders between #Lebanon and #Syria.
#Hezbollah supports an international investigation. Its leadership knows the ammonium nitrate can't explode on its own & a professional investigation wld shed light on what has happened coz it is a national catastrophe & the number of casualties deserves a proper investigation.
There is no #Hezbollah weapons cache at the #Beirut harbour & no #Israel attack coz the circumstances of the explosion were present with a huge fire before the explosion ongoing and firemen trying to control it. Sorry for all the conspiracy theorists around.
The first Iranian field hospital in Beirut will be up & running before noon today Beirut time
The distribution of Iranian aid to our Lebanese sisters & brothers began an hour ago
If the American regime has any decency, it would end the painful sanctions on Lebanon now pic.twitter.com/rpD6v3YWR4
— Seyed Mohammad Marandi (@s_m_marandi) August 5, 2020
I just spoke to the General who wrote the report about the presence of Ammonium Nitrate at the harbour (n.12) in Beirut and the conditions he found the AN. He told me he has submitted the report last year with a video and photos +
— Elijah J. Magnier (@ejmalrai) August 5, 2020
The report was forwarded to the Lebanese Army Intelligence branch, to the direction of the customs and to the President of the council of Ministers's office (Saad Hariri at the time because the report was sent last year). #Beirut #LebanonExplosion
The General of the National Sec told me that the AN was leaking and pilled in an unprofessional storage way. But the biggest surprise he gave me is the following: There were poisonous material (I promised him not to share a lot of info) nearby at the Harbour #LebanonExplosion
The General said the Lebanese President Michel Aoun asked about the report yesterday and was forwarded to him. The Lebanese officer said the ship was heading towards Mozambique but stopped in #Lebanon to offload merchandise but also for repair.
The General said that because of the damage to the ship and becausde the ship needed repair, the owners left it behind because the taxi at the Harbour was too elevated. The AN shipment was confiscated by the Lebanese authorities and nobody really cared what to do with it.
The number of casualties is now officially 113 (with a strong possibility to increase), 5,000 wounded and there are around 300,000 homeless due to the explosion. This is the first time, after world war II, that a city is hit by an equivalent of 1000 tons of TNT (2700 tons of AN)
According to manuals for the brand of NH4NO3 believed to have been in those warehouses, the [explosive potential] (pardon my lack of technical terminology) was 0.20 the bag weight, so 550 tons. Still massive, and maybe even more incredible how much damage was done.
Iran's first batch of aid consisting of 9 tons of foodstuff, medicine & medical equipment arrived in #Beirut.
The first Iranian field hospital in Beirut, running and operational at the moment.
A 22-member medical team is now working tirelessly in Beirut to provide help. pic.twitter.com/RhHKgyt3NN
— Mehrdad Torabi (@mehrdadt1987) August 5, 2020
— Syrian Girl (@Partisangirl) August 5, 2020
The whole burning was initiated by the first explosion which shifted the chemical reaction towards the high rate explosion.
The last blast caused the explosion after the reaction was already initiated. pic.twitter.com/R8I68baecp
— Elijah J. Magnier (@ejmalrai) August 5, 2020
please free to enter more current tweets at will; my eyes are bonkers and need some down time.