Likely cause of Lebanon explosion: “Explosive fertilizer confiscated after seizure of vessel reportedly owned by Cyprus-based Russian businessman”

Ammonium nitrate behind Beirut blast seized in 2014, never properly disposed of
by Reuters
August 5, 2020

The ammonium nitrate load that blew up the port of Beirut, resulting in a powerful blast that ripped through the city Tuesday, was seized in 2014 and is thought to be linked with a Cyprus-based Russian businessman, international media report. According to Lebanon’s LBCI channel citing the country’s Supreme Defence Council as saying the explosive fertilizer was confiscated from a vessel called Rhosus back in 2014…[The vessel’s] owner, Cyprus-based Russian businessman Igor Grechuskin, chose to take no action in regards to the ship and its crew, according to Russian media, with its cargo relocated into a warehouse on a court order. READ MORE

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