UPDATE: There has been quite a bit of reaction to this item on Twitter. One of the respondents is Dan Kaszeta, who wrote a book on nerve agents. He is adamant that this material is not mustard gas, but is likely Chlorine Gas. That photos of Mustard Gas are rare, and then only black and white. This stands to reason, although I personally would have assumed that it was still made somewhere and modern photos of it would exist from tests or whatever purpose it may still be in use for. For example, India still makes DDT.
Mr. Kaszeta also adds the following:
It's clear to brownish in liquid form. You can't boil it into a gas in normal air. If you make a fog or mist from it tends to be colourless or even invisible.
— Dan Kaszeta ???? (@DanKaszeta) June 29, 2022
Thank you Mr. Kaszeta for making the effort to correct this record.
First. check out this video of today’s event in Aqaba. Skip to 35 seconds
Ten people were killed and more than 200 injured Monday in a toxic gas explosion in Jordan’s Aqaba port, authorities said. Footage on state TV showed a large cylinder plunging from a crane on a moored vessel, causing a violent release of a yellow gas.
The force of the blast sent a truck rolling down the harbourside, while port workers could be seen running for their lives. Nearby areas were evacuated and residents told to stay indoors.
The death toll rose to 10, government spokesman Faisal al-Shaboul told AFP, revising an initial toll of five killed. Prime Minister Bishr Khasawneh and interior minister Mazen al-Faraya headed to the site of the accident, state media reported. Civil defence spokesman Amer al-Sartawy earlier reported that 234 people were injured after the tank filled with toxic gas fell.
“Specialists and the hazardous substances team in the civil defence are dealing” with the incident, Sartawy added.