Investigating the Beirut Port Explosion

In the wake of the catastrophic Beirut Explosion, Verint’s web intelligence specialists compiled a report that examines the causes and aftermath of the  August 4 explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon.

Verint’s WEBINT experts collected and investigated web-sourced materials, which was then assessed by leading bomb and IED expert, Chief Superintendent (ret.) Michael Cardash, to provide expert analysis of the explosion, the backdrop that lead to it, the use of ammonium nitrate in terror activities, and the horrific consequences of its misuse.

Key findings

  • 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in the port of Beirut, causing the death of at least 159 people, and injuries to more than 6,000.
  • The main cause of the explosion was a fire that broke out in a fireworks warehouse, close to where the ammonium nitrate was stored.
  • The ammonium nitrate was stored in Beirut in 2013, after the ship carrying this cargo was forced to dock there.
  • Perilous storage of ammonium nitrate for a lengthy period of time increases sensitivity levels, and risk of igniting

In this report:

  • Learn more about the circumstances that lead up to the explosion
  • Gain an expert breakdown of the explosion characteristics
  • Learn to identify similar deadly circumstances and the mistakes that can lead to such catastrophes
  • Understand the link between ammonium nitrate and terror attacks


Enter your details and download the report for a detailed description of Verint’s web intelligence findings and analysis.


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