August, 2020

202019AugAll DayProcess Safety Alert: Ammonium Nitrate Hazards Origin: Dekra Lessons:Process KnowledgeLanguage:EN


Understanding Ammonium Nitrate Hazards

The explosion that occurred in Beirut on August 4, 2020 appears to be another example of the detonation hazards of Ammonium Nitrate (AN). Since 2010, similar explosions have devasted communities like Tianjin, China and West, Texas.

Pure ammonium nitrate is stable. It can decompose explosively when exposed to elevated temperatures (as in a fire) or becomes contaminated. AN is an oxidizer, so while not combustible itself, it will accelerate the burning of combustible materials and create rapid fire growth.