Most sensible explanation for Lebanese blast so far

From Yucki:

LBCI: Preliminary information from security sources “speak of 2700 tons of seized ammonium in Beirut Port exploded in course of welding small opening to prevent theft.”

Earlier reports indicated the 2700 tons of ammonium nitrate were seized in 2013 aboard Moldovan ship heading to Africa. Stored in Beirut Port after seizure. Sparks from welding ignited fireworks, which then ignited the ammonium.
Official statement, saying there were 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate at Beirut Port

Al-Jadeed attributing statement to Lebanese PM
saying he won’t rest until person responsible for presence of “shipment of 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate for six yrs” in Beirut port “without precautionary procedures.”


People are getting sick breathing fumes.
Timour Azhari @timourazhari ·2h
#Breaking: Lebanon General Security chief says that 2700 tons of ammonium nitrate were in Beirut’s port on the way to Africa. They exploded. #BeirutBlast
Travel – State Dept @TravelGov
#Beirut #Lebanon: We are closely following reports of an explosion at or near the Port of Beirut on Aug 4. There are reports of toxic gases released in the explosion so all in the area should stay indoors and wear masks if available.

Monitor local news, follow the emergency instructions provided by local authorities, enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive important information, and follow us on social media. We urge U.S. citizens in the affected areas who are safe to contact loved ones
directly and/or update their status on social media. If in the affected area and you need emergency services,contact local authorities; police can be contacted at 112, civil defense at 125, and the Lebanese Red Cross at 140.

(Stay tuned for updates)

Peculiar explosion in Sweden

Apparently, a city bus with a huge and full fuel tank on its roof, drove into a low tunnel.


Explosion at Queens power plant?

Transformer fire at plant, Con Ed, Queens NYC

NYT story on it:

A giant plume of smoke colored by bright blue light exploded into the night sky on Thursday night in Queens, causing people across New York City to gawk in awe as the authorities scrambled to figure out the cause.


The bizarre sight set off a frenzy on social media, where people reported power failures at La Guardia Airport. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said that a ground stop was ordered there around 9:30 p.m. because of the power failure, but was lifted after about 45 minutes; the airport then resumed its operations, he said.

Adding videos as fast as I can to this one.


Home explodes in Boston

CBS Video on the bust of the suspect. (I cannot get it to play yet)

East Boston Explosion Leaves 1 In Critical Condition, Police Say

An explosion at a triple-decker home in East Boston early Sunday morning left a man with second-degree burns in critical condition, police said.

The man is considered a person of interest in the incident and is in critical, but stable condition, according to Boston police.

Commissioner William Evans said police found weapons inside the second floor of the 88 Webster St. home, where they responded at about 12:40 a.m. The blast created a hole in the floor and the walls have been blown out.

FBI Investigating East Boston Home Explosion After ‘Weaponry’ Was Found


Thank you Gates of Vienna

“Major event” explosion in Leicester flattened home


Daily Caller:


Daily Mail

DAILY MAIL -At least four people are critically injured as huge explosion obliterates Londis shop and the flat above in Leicester with passers-by battling to free casualties from the mangled wreckage with their bare hands

Emergency services to the scene of a ‘major incident’ in Leicester after a convenience store was destroyed
Photos show aftermath of the explosion at the Londis store, with flames completely engulfing the wreckage
Four people were admitted to hospital in a critical condition, said a Leicester Royal Infirmary spokesman


Updates will be added to the top and bottom of this post as worthy ones become known.


Four homes leveled in Mississauga near Toronto by explosion

No worries though, If it was a terrorist bomb either by design or accident by the makers, it will be discovered to be a gas leak. If it was a gas leak it will be called a gas leak.

We need our own experts at this time.

CBC has this story now:

(Some minor video at that site also.

From a Tweet:

640 Toronto

Authorities are on the scene of what appears to be a house explosion in Mississauga.

Peel Police said they received the call to attend the scene on Hickory Drive in the area of Rathburn Road East and Dixie Road at 4:22 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon following multiple reports of a loud bang being heard and a plume of smoke rising from the street.

It’s thought as many as 6 houses have been destroyed or partially destroyed police have now set up a large perimeter in the area.

Fire and ambulance services are also on scene, with paramedics tweeting that a triage centre has been set up in the area.

Willl update as more comes in for the day.