New details on deadly Beirut blast

Authorities say the Beirut warehouse that blew up was packed with nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate.
3:21 | 08/06/20

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George, now to the very latest on that catastrophic explosion in Beirut. More than 130 people now confirmed dead. More than 5,000 others injured. Authorities are saying a warehouse packed with nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate blew up. Our senior correspondent is tracking this rapidly developing story. Good morning, Ian. Good morning, Amy. Fresh questions overnight and some clues about what went so disastrously wrong. We are now starting to see a massive recovery and relief effort to get under way if Beirut. This morning, were warnings ignored that could have prevented the Beirut blast? This is the remains of questions about what happened. The city in the state of emergency, counting the dead and searching for the missing. The destructions. Massive piles of metal beams will buildings once stood and hundreds of windows blown out in those still standing. Broken glass everywhere. People now returning to their homes and finding them torn apart. This massive grain silo, a main food source for the country completely destroyed by the explosion. This satellite image shows the warehouse where the explosion originated before and then after. Completely decimated. The land underneath simply gone. We are now learning there are more than 2.5 thousand tons of nitrate stored here, a highly explosive chemical. It was stored here for years. Now the Ned of the customs department speaking on Lebanon TV claiming there were five letters warning the huge stock people was a danger and asking for a way to remove it. Officials are pointing to gross negligence. The last changed tens of thousands of lives in a matter of moments, in what should have been the best day of her life, she poses for her wedding photos. And the last rips through, she is seen running for her life. One thing comes to mind that now my life has changed from wedding happiness into a sad Reporter: A mile from the port, this apartment completely destroyed. It was absolutely terrifying. The whole place felt like it was going to collapse. It was almost as if there was an earthquake and a bomb explode all at once. Reporter: At least one American is known to be among the more than 130 dead. Many more people are missing and over 5,000 injured and the timing couldn't have been worse for a country already on its knees F. Well, in the last couple of hours, president macron of France landed in Beirut. The United States is also offering humanitarian assistance. I think what is really interesting is seeing these scenes of residents coming some of the streets strewn with debris have been completely clear. The Lebanese had to learn the hard way to come together and rebuild interest you often see that after disasters. Thank you so much.

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