An explosion at 2,750 tonnes of unsecured ammonium nitrate in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has sent shockwaves through 740 tonnes of ammonium nitrate in Manali, near Chennai, India. However, the customs department of Manali port said that the toxic chemicals were safe in the warehouse. In 2015, the customs department found large quantities of ammonium nitrate in an abandoned condition at the port of Chennai. 740 tons of ammonium nitrate was immediately transferred to Manali. This ammonium nitrate is kept in a warehouse not far from the present Manali residential area. PMK leader Dr Ramadoss has demanded the relocation of a large number of people from Chennai. On social media, the PMK leader mentioned on Twitter that the toxic chemical could lead to a catastrophic event like the one in Lebanon in Tamil Nadu. Therefore, the leaders demanded that 640 tonnes of ammonium nitrate should be shifted to safer places soon. However, the central government has not responded.
Lebanon blast info