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The Beirut Port Explosion: Understanding its Impact and How to Reduce Risks from Explosive Precursors

The Beirut Port Explosion: Understanding its Impact and How to Reduce Risks from Explosive Precursors

9 December 2020

Bob Seddon and Himayu Shiotani

26 Pages

On 4 August 2020, the largest single explosion ever to occur in the Middle East took place in the heavily populated city of Beirut, Lebanon. Recent open source analysis of the blast effects in Beirut indicate that the explosion was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history. The primary purpose of this document is to enhance knowledge among policymakers and practitioners on the risks posed by explosive precursors, the impact of explosive blast effects on civilians and the urban ecosystem, and to identify ways to further reduce safety risks and to prevent accidental explosions from reoccurring in the future. Preliminary risks and lessons identified from the Beirut Port explosion serves as the basis of this report.

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