Beirut port explosion site by Forensic Architecture in Blender format

Datasets in Blender format downloadable from Github:

More on the how and the why including a video:

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That’s a lot of amonium nitrate.

Although the published article makes only a passing reference to what might be the real question about this incident, it does reference it. Namely: “WTF(!) were all these materials doing here, all in the same warehouse?” If you wanted to create "a warehouse-sized bomb," this is exactly how you would do it.

There are well-established international standard practices for the storage and handling of “reactive materials,” and it is … very curious … how these practices were utterly ignored(?) here.

If this indeed was an ‘OOPSIE’ moment it for sure wasn’t the first, nor the last time some moron neglected a safety procedure for the sake of convenience.

… or some fool was trying to save money? For instance, you never would store ammonium nitrate in “a pile of bags on the floor.” You would treat them as the explosives that they are.

Every company that uses explosives has storage facilities called “magazines” where the products must be stored before use. The products are shipped in individual metal or wooden boxes designed to contain moisture and prevent sparks. In the USA there is a “Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safetry Administration” (PHMSA) which strictly regulates practices for storage, shipment, and handling of all such things, and violations carry criminal penalties.