Doubtful. The smoke in the air contains enough combustible particulate (fuel) to cause the secondary explosion. The smoke, ash, and whatever other combustibles were in close proximity were enough. It is how basically all off the Ammonium Nitrate accidents occur. The Nitrogen Oxides provide the oxygen, the particulates and surrounding combustibles are the fuel, it flashes at a high enough temp to cause the Ammonium Nitrate to go kaboom.wheat from the silos added some 'fuel'
USA at the very top, Canada about 50-60 down on the list and Lebanon about 80-100 spots behind you.Bottom line. Fertilizer explosion my ass.Fwiw we have a couple Lebanese families that immigrated to our area many years ago. Very upstanding people. They admit their government is less than upstanding. But then again where do ours sit?🤔
Definitely, but the grain elevators likely didn't contribute much if any to the this blast. But how a grain elevator explosion happens is exactly the type of explosion that sets off a Ammonium Nitrate explosion. Maybe there were under ground auger shafts running to the warehouse, or an open silo might have contributed to the flash that caused the Ammonium Nitrate reaction. Who knows. I just have my doubts.