Investigate Deadly Port Explosion Caused By Hazardous Materials

Target: Hassan Diab, Prime Minister of Lebanon

Goal: Fully investigate port explosion and identify the responsible parties.

A massive explosion was triggered in Beirut’s port, killing at least 100 people and injuring more than 4,000. The explosion registered as equivalent to a 3.3 earthquake and was felt in neighboring Cyprus, more than 100 miles away. It caused an excess of physical damage to the port and its surrounding neighborhoods, sparking fires, damaging hospitals, and shutting glass windows, doors, and windshields.

Details surrounding the explosion are still shrouded in mystery, but its source has been traced to a massive amount of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive fertilizer ingredient, that was being held at the site. Whether these materials were stored appropriately and legally is unknown.

The explosion has left Lebanon reeling, as they were already suffering from a financial crisis as well as the coronavirus pandemic. Sign this petition to urge the Prime Minister of Lebanon to fully investigate the explosion and identify the responsible parties.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Diab,

The explosion at the port in Beirut, while not a terrorist attack, may have been preventable, especially if companies were required to store hazardous materials in a certain way or under a certain limit. The enormity of the blast was no doubt affected by the amount of explosives that were in the port. It seems likely that the storage of these materials at the port could have been illegal or against code.

I urge you to do a full investigation to find who was responsible for the explosion. Additionally, I demand that you enforce any existing code that limits the storage of hazardous material at the port and add restrictions if they do not already exist so that a tragedy like this does not happen again.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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