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Italian explosives expert Danilo Coppe believes an ammo/explosives depot in #Beirut was the epicenter of the massive August 4 blast. The resulting orange cloud further confirms the existence of such a stock at the port.…

“I don't think there was that amount of ammonium nitrate [2,750 tons] in the port of Beirut, or that there was a fireworks depot. Judging from the videos, it seems more like an explosion of an armament warehouse,” Coppe explains.
Coppe believes the images of the Beirut explosion have left several doubts on the initial official explanation of the blast.
“I don't believe in the ammonium nitrate theory for several reasons. First, the quantity: 2,700 tons would mean that someone built an Olympic size swimming pool and filled it with that substance,” Coppe says.
From those photos it seems that it was far less Nitroprill in the warehouse than 2,750 tons. Conditions are typical for bag/bulk material storage in many places in the world. Wouldn't be surprised that for six to seven years there, large quantity disappeared (stolen).
“The warehouse was over 100 meters long. It is not impossible that it contained those quantities & some documents seem to prove that the material was there for years… there should have been a catalyst, because otherwise it wouldn't all have exploded together,” Coppe adds.
“And then the ammonium nitrate, when it detonates, generates an unmistakable yellow cloud,” Coppe explains.

In the Beirut blast, we clearly witnessed a brick orange/dark red cloud.
“Instead from the videos of the explosion, in addition to the white sphere that is seen to widen, which is air condensation by the sea, you can clearly see a brick orange column tending to dark red, typical of the participation of lithium,” Coppe adds.

“… lithium-metal is the propellant for military missiles. I think there were armaments there,” Coppe adds.

From “High power lithium technology for the military”…
Coppe: “Between the 1st & 2nd blasts, what appears to be fireworks are seen to crackle. Fireworks don't behave like that. They have some explosives & the rest is cardboard/plastic. Upon explosion, they are preceded by whistles, absent in the videos.”
Coppe: “Ammo makes barrels all the same, like those seen before the great blast. I think there was a 1st blast, which may have started a fire where ammo was stored, which then spread to high explosive contained in rockets or missiles.”
Confirmation of the site being a weapons depot.

Al Arabiya: "Initial information: The explosion occurred in a Hezbollah arms store in Beirut Port."

Criticism against #Iran-backed Hezbollah following the #Beirut explosion

"The primary suspect is Hezbollah, more than anyone else in the world, because Hezbollah uses ports & all other Lebanese government facilities in order to acquire weapons."
Al-Hadeth News Says MASSIVE Beirut Explosion Was Warehouse for Iranian Missiles to Hezbollah…
What is "a labyrinth of subterranean chambers" doing at the #Beirut explosion site?
Important reminder from September 27, 2018

Nearly two years ago @IDF had exposed a joint Iran/Hezbollah missile project in Beirut.
October 2018
“Hezbollah’s Urban Missile Factories Put Civilians at Risk”…
Dr. Ranif Khori, professor of constitutional law & int’l relations:
“Storing explosives is a planned operation by Iranian intelligence that has been carried out in numerous countries.”
Dr. May Shadiaq, Minister of Admin. Progress in Lebanon:
"We have time & again called for closing all illegal routes, but Hezbollah wouldn't agree. Hezbollah smuggles arms from #Iran through illegal passages. #Beirut's port & airport is completely controlled by Hezbollah."
Former Lebanese minister Ahmad Fatfat:
"Hassan Nasrallah rejecting an international investigation into the #BeirutBlast places him among the suspects of this explosion. The Lebanese President is under Hezbollah's control."
Important reminder from 2016

Hassan Nasrallah, head of Iran-backed Hezbollah:
"A missile strike on the ammonia tanks in Haifa would have the impact of a nuclear bomb."
And we should never forget #Iran’s role in all this.

Hezbollah chief: "As long as Iran has money, we have money"
Powerful video of the #Beirut blast from just 500 meters away also showing the brick color cloud. The individual who took the footage survived, fortunately.
A rare high-quality video showing nearly the entire explosion process & the sheer power of the explosion.

Sharing these footage for experts to be able to weigh in further.

(Watch to the end)
Apologies to @CoppeDanilo for not realizing earlier that he has a Twitter account.

Many thanks for your work, Sir.
There are reports that a French search & rescue team has discovered a Hezbollah tunnel at the #Beirut blast site.

Seeking further information & confirming.

HD 4K footage showing the shocking moment of the #Beirut explosion that rocked the port of Lebanon's capital on Tuesday (August 4), at approximately 6 pm local time.…
@WalidPhares—"Similar blast to #BeirutExplosion in #Syria this year at a #Hezbollah base. Sources mentioned a 'gigantic' blast & video shows similar characteristics. This adds to questions raised about such material in Iran militias hands."
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