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What's most amazing is that the grain elevator building next to the warehouses is still standing. Who built that?! That's impressive.
Absolutely. Need to find out who built it and have them start building housing in FL and Cali, levees in New Orleans, and dams everywhere.

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I will bet money that every port in the world will have a set of rules for explosive products after this. The government can just give the last owner 24 hours to get a sale in place or it is seized and will be sold the the highest bidder right now. Get that product back in the ships and delivered to the clients that know how to handle it.
Absolutely. And secretly, folks will probably call them the Beirut rules. You never want a rule named after you.
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Um, no.... only part of it is still there.

It was solid concrete.
All things considered, a lot of it is still there. I consider it impressive. Concrete or no.
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All things considered, a lot of it is still there. I consider it impressive. Concrete or no.
It appears it was full of grain is the only reason it's still there
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It appears it was full of grain is the only reason it's still there

I hear that grain is really strong structurally!


I guess I could see that if the thing was full of grain, it would add some energy absorbing properties like a bean bag. Combined with a really substantial concrete building, I guess that's a good thing.
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One of the close up pictures shows the grain flowing out if it.
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One of the close up pictures shows the grain flowing out if it.
Water can crash, or water can flow. Be like water my friend.
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I would say the lighter colored material "flowing "out of the silos would be gain.

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I would say the lighter colored material "flowing "out of the silos would be gain.

Shouldn't that be green?



I'd thought that was just demolished building material, but grain seems like a reasonable assumption.
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apparently. the brownish color on top of the grain ( and everything else) is the oxidized nitrate from the explosion. which appeared in the mushroom cloud after the shock wave.. chemists told me...
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apparently. the brownish color on top of the grain ( and everything else) is the oxidized nitrate from the explosion. which appeared in the mushroom cloud after the shock wave.. chemists told me...
From wikipedia when discussing the Texas City 1947 incident (which was Ammonium Nitrate based).

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Eventually, the steam pressure inside the ship blew the hatches open, and yellow-orange smoke billowed out. This color is typical for nitrogen dioxide fumes.
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That's A LOT of grain. I'm sure that having the substantial silo building full of grain is like having sand bags around, and probably helped the building withstand the blast.
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I read that it was about 85% of the country's grain reserves.
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no bigly..
it's Beirut..
folks are used to eating lead ...


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In Enid OK, the Koch Corp. makes Ammonium Nitrate crystals and liquid Ammonia from a pipeline fed natural gas source.
The amount stored there is 100 x the size of that stash.
Everyday you prayed & worked in blast proof cargo containers below level and behind a earthen berm.
Great consultant pay, but a deadly place to be around.
Almost as bad as when I disposed of Sarin nerve gas @ Fort Dugway KY.
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I will bet money that the Beirut port had a set of rules for explosive products before this....

There were certainly a number of warnings and complaints about it.
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In Enid OK, the Koch Corp. makes Ammonium Nitrate crystals and liquid Ammonia from a pipeline fed natural gas source.
The amount stored there is 100 x the size of that stash.
Everyday you prayed & worked in blast proof cargo containers below level and behind a earthen berm.
Great consultant pay, but a deadly place to be around.
Almost as bad as when I disposed of Sarin nerve gas @ Fort Dugway KY.
https://www.enidnews.com/news/local_news/koch-fertilizer-looks-to-expand-enid-plant/article_29b37475-b66d-56ac-bc0a-071ee42ffc59.html
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In Enid OK, the Koch Corp. makes Ammonium Nitrate crystals and liquid Ammonia from a pipeline fed natural gas source.
The amount stored there is 100 x the size of that stash.
Everyday you prayed & worked in blast proof cargo containers below level and behind a earthen berm.
Great consultant pay, but a deadly place to be around.
Almost as bad as when I disposed of Sarin nerve gas @ Fort Dugway KY.
I have been up close to that facility. The good news is they are a few miles outside the city, but just one mile from the airport. I bet they work hard at safety. Hope so.

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