Ammonium nitrate is a chemical compound with the power to feed billions but also the potential to devastate. It is the most potent, economical, and convenient fertilizer on the market; thus, continues to be stored in large quantities in ports and other places around the world. However, the recent catastrophic explosion in Beirut is a reminder of the hazards associated with the improper storage and handling of ammonium nitrate as well as the need for diligent enforcement of its regulations.
Unless everyone working with ammonium nitrate — manufacturers, sellers, users, first responders, and regulators — is more aware of the hazards and diligently implements safety rules, then future accidents will be inevitable.
Download this in-depth CAS Insight Report to gain insight into the chemical properties of ammonium nitrate, its hazards and safety rules, and provide a useful resource to key stakeholders within the ammonium nitrate realm.