In the port of Beirut killed more than 70 people. The cause of the tragedy is the explosion of ammonium nitrate that was seized from a Russian businessman. It is reported by Lebanese channel LBCI.

Dead after the explosion in the port of the capital of Lebanon, which occurred August 4 and declared to 78, 4 thousand people were injured. It is noted that the explosion occurred during welding work. The sparks lit up firecrackers that were in stock, and they detonated 2 750 tons of ammonium nitrate.

According to LBCI, nitrate seized a Russian businessman and kept in the port, where it was not free access. The surname of the entrepreneur is not called.

“Confiscated nitrate was stored in the warehouse on the 12th berth of the port of Beirut in anticipation of further utilization in 2014”, — transfers the channel.

Jordan seismological Observatory determined that the explosion equivalent to earthquake of magnitude 4.5, reports RT. Libyan Prime Minister Hassan Diab will monitor the investigation of the explosion, according to the site “VSE42.Ru”.

The Council of defense of Lebanon Beirut declared a disaster area. The authority also urged the government to declare the capital a state of emergency.