(ANSA) – Lebanese President Michel Aoun said that the port of Beirut held 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, which were seized a few years ago by a ship and may have caused the big explosion registered on the spot.
The statement was released by the BBC on Tuesday (4) after an emergency meeting of the Supreme Defense Council at the presidential palace in Baabda.
“I will not rest until the person responsible for what happened holds him accountable and imposes the most severe penalties because it is unacceptable that a shipment of ammonium nitrate has been present in a warehouse for 6 years without taking preventive measures,” he said, according to the LBCI News channel.
In his Twitter account, the Lebanese president classified it as “unacceptable” that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were stored unsafe. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the explosion.
Earlier, the Lebanese Ministry of Interior reported that the country’s customs agency would be responsible for clarifying the presence of the highly explosive material in the port region. (ANSA)