India relocates tonnes of explosives after Beirut blast triggers safety concerns

India relocates tonnes of explosives after Beirut blast triggers safety concerns
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  • calendar-gray 10 August 2020

A consignment of 697 tonnes of ammonium nitrate being stored in a warehouse in Chennai, India is being shipped to Hyderabad, APA reports citing Sputnik.

It is being disposed of after the e-auction of the ammonium nitrate to a Hyderabad-based company. The storing of the explosive chemical arose new fears following the 4 August explosion in Beirut.

The chemical consignment, imported from South Korea, was seized in 2015 from a Tamil Nadu-based importer which lacked the proper license.

The importer had been licensed to import fertiliser-grade ammonium nitrate, whereas the chemical supplied was found to be explosive grade. 

According to reports, 10 containers loaded with 181 tonnes of ammonium nitrate have already been sent to the Hyderabad-based buyer.

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