Ammonium nitrate may have sparked the Beirut explosion. It happened in Texas, in 1947, too | CNN.com – RSS Channel – Regions – Middle East

Lebanon’s government has blamed a large quantity of poorly stored ammonium nitrate for the huge blast that rocked its capital, Beirut. What is this chemical, and why did it explode? Lebanon’s government has blamed a large quantity of poorly stored ammonium nitrate for the huge blast that rocked its capital, Beirut. What is this chemical, and why did it explode?