Why Does Fertilizer (Sometimes) Explode?

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Reactions Science Videos | October 21, 2020

Ammonium nitrate has been involved in dozens of disasters and terrorist attacks but, under normal circumstances, it’s totally harmless. What turns it deadly?

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Safety and security issues relating to low capacity storage of AN-based fertilizers

Lessons to be learned from an analysis of ammonium nitrate disasters in the last 100 years

U.S. Contractor Knew of Explosive Material in Beirut Since at Least 2016

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Texas City, Beirut linked by dangers of ammonium nitrate

The deadly history of ammonium nitrate, the explosive linked to the Beirut blast

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What is ammonium nitrate and what happens when it explodes?

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Beirut explosion: What we know so far

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Beirut Explosion Generates Seismic Waves Equivalent Of A Magnitude 3.3 Earthquake

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