The Perfect Bomb Anatomy of the Explosion that Rocked Beirut

How is it possible that 2,750 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate was stored in the heart of Beirut for several years? DER SPIEGEL recounts the missteps, corruption and incompetence that led to the August blast.
Destruction in the heart of Beirut

Destruction in the heart of Beirut

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Patrick Baz / AFP

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Debris from the explosion

Debris from the explosion

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Sandra Chartouni with a picture of her mother: "When I touch here, it hurts."

Sandra Chartouni with a picture of her mother: "When I touch here, it hurts."

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Diego Ibarra Sánchez / Der Spiegel

Customs chief Badri Daher: Official appointments provide leaders with the opportunity to reward loyal followers.

Customs chief Badri Daher: Official appointments provide leaders with the opportunity to reward loyal followers.

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The destroyed grain silo at the port: His mother heard the explosion from high in the mountains.

The destroyed grain silo at the port: His mother heard the explosion from high in the mountains.

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Sacks of ammonium nitrate in Hangar 12: "Heaped chaotically on top of each other."

Sacks of ammonium nitrate in Hangar 12: "Heaped chaotically on top of each other."

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Riad Kobaissi (center), the well-known Lebanese investigative journalist: Driven to expose corruption

Riad Kobaissi (center), the well-known Lebanese investigative journalist: Driven to expose corruption

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Lorenzo Tugnoli / Der Spiegel

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