I'm willing to believe that the incomplete detonation of ammonium nitrate produces red fume.
Direct observation would be more convincing than some referenced papers of poor quality or not exactly related with a detonation. One paper makes essentially unsubstantiated claims, an other mistakes the detonation speed with the speed of the shockwave and pure ammonium nitrate with its mixture with a fuel. Decomposition by slow heating doesn't neither represent the products of a detonation.At the Texas City disaster, testimonies reported red fume
. I wish to know more, ideally see the exact colour on a video, but this is already convincing.
Propep is reliable within its intended use: compute equilibria in a rocket combustion chamber. Here, much ammonium nitrate must be dispersed before it detonates, so out-of-equilibrium decomposition can produce something else, especially NO2
Today, Michel Aoun, the Lebanese president, considered publicly the hypothesis of a missile or a bombhttps://www.lesoir.be/317785/article/2020-08-07/explosions-beyrouth-le-president-du-liban-evoque-la-negligence-ou-un-missilehttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/07/beirut-explosion-former-port-worker-says-fireworks-stored-in-hangar
the article doesn't tell more. Shall a missile have started the first fire that let detonate the ammonium nitrate? The wording of the Belgian article would also be compatible with a missile being developed in the Beirut port, but Michel Aoun asked for images to determine if aeroplanes or missiles were present in the air.
It's practically unavoidable that a huge cargo of ammonium nitrate in Beirut would be misused by some Lebanese faction to tinker explosives.https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/protests-lebanon-arrests-16-beirut-blast-live-updates-200807062157963.html
"Hezbollah denies storing arms at blast site".
30 to 40 bags of fireworks confiscated by the Customs were stored in the same hangar as the ammonium nitrate. Ignorance kills.
In the morning of the disaster day, before 11:00 CET (09:00 UT), I heard and saw a small dozen of four-engined US military transport planes flying here, near Ramstein. About as many planes of same model flew (back?) in the next and following morning. The same happened before US military interventions, for instance to destroy Syrian combat planes. I just wonder why the US armed forces would make such a fuss to blow a hypothetical clandestine lab, while any combat aircraft with its stock missiles would do the job.