Lebanon's army said that security forces raided a fuel station in the town of Arsal near the Syrian border and seized ammonium nitrate, stored in sacks, that had a nitrogen content of 26 percent.
People in Lebanon are doubly frustrated over a political elite that has failed to investigate the Beirut port disaster and stop a devastating economic crisis.
One year later, a HRW report examines how Lebanese authorities were responsible for one of the world's largest non-nuclear explosions that killed over 200 people and wounded 7,000.
Lebanon’s authorities publicly promised an investigation into the blast that killed more than 200 people and devastated half the city would take five days, but six months later, the public is still waiting for answers.
25,000 tons of ammonia gas is stored at the port east of the capital Tripoli, which witnessed the use of rocket-propelled grenades in clashes between two factions of forces loyal to warlord Haftar, according to Mustafa Sanallah.
The port blast is taking popular anger to a new level in a country already reeling from an unprecedented economic and financial crisis and near bankruptcy.
Denying accusations that it had been storing arms at the Beirut port, Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement says the army should lead such a probe because it is "trusted" by all.
Anti-government protesters sparked a blaze, vandalised stores and lobbed stones at security forces, according to the state-run National News Agency.
Any assistance that comes Lebanon's way needs to be apolitical, or it will tip an already fragile balance.
Beirut is a city in shock but its residents are clear-eyed about who they see as the culprit behind the disaster at the port.
Despite strict rules regulating the trade of ammonium nitrate, businesses often fail to take necessary precautions.
Commonly used as a fertiliser, the compound can easily become explosive if precautions are not taken.
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