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Orica plant in Newcastle with same chemical linked to Beirut explosion - leaving 135 dead

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Posted: 06/08/20 - 08:28
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Up to 12,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate is being stored near homes in a busy Australian industrial town, sparking fears of a Beirut-style mega blast.

At least 135 people have died and a further 5,000 were injured when 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate blew up in Lebanon early on Wednesday AEST, with the death toll expected to rise.

Just three kilometres from Newcastle, north of Sydney, up to 12,000 tonnes of the same chemical is stored at the Orica Plant in Kooragang - 800m from suburban homes in North Stockton.

I Call True: After what happened in Lebanon a couple of days ago I think the storage of ammonium nitrate will be looked into worldwide.

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The storage off this product definitely needs beefed up security so that this incident can't be repeated
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I bet this headline is repeated all round the world for individual countries storage of the stuff
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Anywhere that this is now stored is going to come into question