EXPERT EXPLAINED THE PINK SMOKE IN BEIRUT EXPLOSION
Independent military expert, chemist Associate Professor Oleg Jeltonojko, in his statement to Sputnik, evaluated photos of the explosion moment in Beirut. Saying that the explosion was not a military ammunition, Jeltonojko also responded to the claims regarding the origin of the pink smoke released during the explosion.
Jeltonojko said, “The explosion in Beirut was complex and consisted of several stages. The pink color of the fumes may have been due to the fact that the substances in neighboring warehouses were lifted by the explosion wave. In addition, a large amount of water was removed from the explosion wave.This had an effect on the color of a liquid mixture that was formed as a result of the explosion and rose to the sky.”
“I can confidently say that military ammunition or industrial explosives do not explode like that. It also does not resemble a fireworks explosion. The most plausible forecast is the explosion of mineral fertilizers,” said the expert.
A fire broke out in warehouse No. 12, where explosive materials were found in Beirut Port. A strong explosion occurred due to fire. The sound of the explosion was also heard from the suburbs of the capital. Health Minister Hamad Hasan stated that according to the first determinations, the number of deaths was 135, and more than 5 thousand people were injured in the explosion in Beirut. In the local media, it was claimed that the number of casualties was much higher than the official figures announced.