By Vic Bishop
The world has been watching footage of the massive explosion in Beirut’s main city port yesterday, causing widespread speculation as to whether or not this was a covert military operation employing some new generation of tactical small-yield nuclear weapons.
So far, all indications seem to be that this blast was the result of fatal mishandling of hazardous materials, and no faction has stepped up to take responsibility for this as an attack.
The videos are downright terrifying.
The official story is that a fire in a fireworks factory ignited a six-year-old cache of ammonium nitrate that was improperly stored in the area, causing the massive blast. In this video, you can clearly see fireworks:
— Ali (@allushiii_new) August 4, 2020
The blast was utterly devastating, and others are convinced this was a nuclear weapon. We don’t think so, but here are both sides.
Watch the blast in the video. Similar to a tactical nuke… I live 50km away from Beirut and my house shook from the blast wave… Armageddon sceneries within 10 km diameter from the blast. pic.twitter.com/PdSDddZlQ6
— Elias P. ELIAS (@EliasPELIAS1) August 4, 2020
While people try to guess what could have really happened, it’s important to remember that small-yield nukes have been developed and are part of the next generation of warfare. NPR reported in January that new low-yield nukes were already being deployed on American submarines:
The U.S. has begun deploying a new type of low-yield nuclear warhead aboard some ballistic missile submarines, according to a report by an independent monitor.
When the USS Tennessee, an Ohio-class submarine, went on patrol in the final weeks of 2019, it carried “one or two” of the new weapons, according to a post by the Federation of American Scientists. [Source]
In January of 2019, The Guardian reported on the Pentagon’s announcement that new warheads were being combat-readied as part of Trump’s ‘nuclear posture review.’
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced in an email it had started manufacturing the weapon at its Pantex nuclear weapons plant in Texas,